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Music,Culture, And Society: The U.S. Tradition (MUH-241)

Semester: Spring 2021
Number: 0196-241-011
Instructor: Suzanne Zak
Days: TBA
Note: Online, Asynchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Status: This Course is Filled to Capacity
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Related Syllabi: Erin Heisel for Summer 2018*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2018*
Suzanne Zak for Spring 2019*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2019*
Suzanne Zak for Spring 2020*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2020*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2021*
Suzanne Zak for Spring 2022*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2022*
Suzanne Zak for Fall 2023*

*Attention Students: Please note that the syllabi available for your view on these pages are for example only. The instructors and requirements for each course are subject to change each semester. If you enroll in a particular course, your instructor and course outline may differ from what is presented here.


This course studies the styles, influences and composers of the United States of America from pre-Colonial times to the present day. Students will examine musical examples from diverse traditions and connect them to various social, political and economic events. The ability to read music is not required. (Distribution Reqs:Arts)

Learning Goals:   By the end of this course, students should be able to: • Listen and identify basic elements of music• Analyze and explain different musical styles, identifying socio-cultural influences on genres • Explain the development of instrumentation and varying styles• Focus on the impact of lyrics and their influence on the music• Identify key performers and groups and their influences• Write about a concert using knowledge such as proper terminology, instrumentation and style learned in class

*The learning goals displayed here are those for one section of this course as offered in a recent semester, and are provided for the purpose of information only. The exact learning goals for each course section in a specific semester will be stated on the syllabus distributed at the start of the semester, and may differ in wording and emphasis from those shown here.

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