Rock and Pop Music in America [C]
Contemporary genres of American popular music are the result of multicultural, political, social, and technological developments. This course will explore the origins of current styles of popular music. We will focus on the music itself, and discuss how it has influenced and been influenced by aspects of American culture, how it reflects cultural identity and experience, and how its evolution is tied to changes in American society. Assignments will involve listening, reading, writing, and music and text analysis. No previous music experience is required, other than an interest in popular music.