MUS 122(S) African-American Music*

This course will survey the history of African-American music in the United States from its African origins through the mid-twentieth century. Focus on the following themes: the survival of Africanisms in African-American music, the relationship of African-American music in the U.S. to the music of Africa and the African diaspora, the process of acculturation, African and African-American aesthetics in music, and the impact of social conditions on African-American music in the U.S. No prior musical experience required, but students without musical backgrounds must learn a vocabulary of terms for describing musical sound. There will be an emphasis on listening.

Hour: E. BROWN