Course: American Music

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Course title American Music
Course code KAA/7L06
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course content
An introductory review of American popular music styles -up to the end of the 19th century (folk songs, Tin Pan Allex, Broadway) -beginning of the 20th century (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz) -1920s-1940s (jazz, swing) -1940s-1950s (country, rock and roll) -1960s (developments in rock and folk music) -1970s -1980s -1990s -present

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 22 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 12 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 15 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course gives a cultural overview of the history of American popular music, focusing upon jazz, blues, rock and roll and other selected styles.
The course graduate will acquire a complex overview of the history of major styles of American popular music and a knowledge of representative songs.
The prerequisites include a good knowledge of English and an interest in American music and popular culture.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, Essay

Course attendance (2 absences permitted), reading, active participation in seminar discussion, essay, written test
Recommended literature
  • Appell, Glenn, and David Hemphill. (2005). American Popular Music: A Multicultural History . Belmont, CA.
  • Crawford, Richard. (2005). America's Musical Life: A History. New York.
  • George-Warren, Holly, and Patricia Romanowski, eds. (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll. New York.
  • Starr, Larry, and . (2009). American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3. New York.
  • Tick, Judith, ed. (2008). Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion. New York.

Study plans that include the course
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