Summer 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Stone, Winston
Discipline and Number
MUSI 3322 Section 55A
TR Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
Blues, Jazz, and Rock

Description of Course:

This course will explore the political, social, and economic conditions that led to the creation of American popular music. A survey of this music will begin with a study of the development of the blues form in the Mississippi Delta, Deep Ellum, Chicago, and New York City. We will then continue this study of the blues form as it was adapted and emulated in Jazz during the Harlem Renaissance, and then again in Rock a few years later in the Deep South. The course will conclude with a look at popular music and its use of the blues form in the latter half of the 20th Century. This discussion will include a critical review of recordings and readings from the texts.

Required Texts:

The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
Walter Everett
# Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 9, 2008)(or 2009)
# ISBN-10: 0195310241
# ISBN-13: 978-0195310245

Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music (African American History (Rowman & Littlefield)) (Paperback)
Burton W. Peretti
# Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (July 16, 2009)
# ISBN-10: 0742558126
# ISBN-13: 978-074255812

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prerequisite: ARTS 1301, or MUSI 1306, or MUSI 2322, or permission of instructor- [email protected]

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