Commonwealth of Pennsylvania KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
MUS 215 (MUS 115)
A survey of American Music from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. The influence of the personalities of
composers and performers on the evolution of music in America. Ethnic and folk music, opera and musical comedy,
symphonic and choral music as well as jazz will be studied.
Three semester hours, 3 clock hours
1. To familiarize the student with America's musical heritage.
2. To familiarize the student with America's musical contributions to world music.
The study of American music - no less than American literature and painting - is deeply relevant
to the development of a student. From Revolutionary patriotic tunes to contemporary
minimalism, American music presents a wealth of innovative styles. And students should be
acquainted with jazz, possibly America's greatest contribution to 20th-century music.
I. Pre-Columbian Music
A. Primitive Music
B. American Indian Music
C. Thematic use of Indian Music today
II. Music in the Colonies
A. Spanish
B. English
1. New England
2. Pennsylvania
3 The South
C. African
D. Instrumental Music
E. Vocal texts
F. Moravians in Bethlehem
III. America's earliest composers
IV. Years of Revolution
A. Revolutionary tunes
B. Theatrical music
V. Between Revolution and Civil War
A. Arrival of foreign musicians
B. Native composers
C. Music education
D. Philharmonic Society of New York
E. Minstrel Shows
VI. Civil War to "Teddy" Roosevelt
A. Civil War Songs
B. Symphonic maturity
C. Composers of the period
D. Dvorak and his influence upon American composers
VII. The Twentieth Century
A. The First Decade
1. Technical advancements
2. Orchestral contributions
3. "Popular" and "Tin Pan Alley" music
4. Composers of the decade
B. World War I
1. Jazz
2. Vaudeville and "Pop" music
3. Folk music
4. Classical music
C. The Twenties
1. Jazz and Radio
2. Music schools
3. Opera performance
4. Composers
5. The Concert Band
D. The Thirties and the "Crash"
1. Federal projects
2. American Opera flowers
3. Growth of the symphony orchestra
4. Composers - Nationalism, Eclecticism and Internationalism
E. American Folk Music
F. World War II and the times around it
1. Ballet
2. Opera
3. Musical Comedy
4. Jazz and "Pop" Music
5. Composers
VIII. Music at the Half-Century to the present
A. Music Education
B. New "schools" of composition
C. Radio and television
D. Opera and Broadway Musicals
E. America: a world music center
F. American Music: future trends
A. Two examinations (mid-term and final)
B. A research paper on one aspect of American Music
(ex: a composer, style inovation such as metric
modulation, or religious sect such as the Shakers)
C. individual class presentation: a live performance or
demonstration may be used
D. Concert attendance and written report
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