Made in America: American Popular Music

‌Course Description: Americans are renowned as innovators and this is especially true in our popular music. This course will explore American popular music from its earliest days to the present, culminating with a look at Minnesota's important role in popular music history.

Course Information: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., starting Sept. 21, 2017, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Course Instructor: Susan Anderson-Benson has worked at the University of St. Thomas since 2005.  She has taught music since 1974, and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Minnesota and is ABD in ethnomusicology. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity, and is immediate past president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul alumnae chapter. An active performer, her passion is sharing the "story behind the music" and engaging others in music-making and music exploration/appreciation.

Fee for the series:  $90 per person

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Detailed Course Syllabus:

Sept. 21 

What is popular music? What is American popular music? Early American popular music (pre-1900).

Sept. 28

Technology and its Impact on Popular Music

Broadway/Musical Theater

Oct. 5

Jazz-Part 1

  • Ragtime
  • Tin Pan Alley
  • The Blues
Oct. 12 

Jazz-Part 2

  • Swing
  • Bebop
  • Pianists
  • Vocalists
Oct. 19

No Session.

Oct. 26 

Rhythm & Blues/Soul, Hip-Hop & Rap - America's Newest Voices

Nov. 2 

Hail, Minnesota!

Resources 

American Popular Music Week 1 PowerPoint Slides-Fall 2017

American Popular Music Week 1 Listening Examples Links-Fall 2017 

American Popular Music Week 2 PowerPoint Slides

American Popular Music Week 2 Video Clips

American Popular Music Week 3 PowerPoint Slides

American Popular Music Week 3 Video Clips

American Popular Music Week 4 PowerPoint Slides

American Popular Music Week 4 Video Clips