Posted on Apr, 17 2012
What other college class requires you to listen to and learn about music including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Christina Aguilera, and The Dave Mathews Band to name a few as part of your homework? If artists like these catch your interest, then Music 108, Roots of American Popular Music is the ideal class for you. This course will teach you the history of how music dating all the way back to the Civil War influences today’s sounds and artists.
The Roots of American Popular Music class is designed for non-music majors and fulfills 3 credits of Diversity and Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirements. Students complete chapter readings, listen to music examples associated with each chapter, and take online tests on their own time. Bill Law, course instructor and Assistant Director of the Division of Fine Arts said the course is “unique in its use of pop music to expose students to social, political, and racial issues and come away with a broad exposure to American pop music.”