AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC

Music Department

TERM: Quarter 3, 2018-19 PREREQUISITES: None

ROOM: Music Dept. – Media Studio/Band Room CREDIT: ½

INSTRUCTOR

Mr. Goodwin

(603) 332-0757, ext. 2162

goodwin.r@rochesterschools.com (preferred method of contact)

Extra Help Hours: By Appointment (often after school or during C-block)

COURSE OUTLINE

In this course we will examine the origins of present day American popular musical styles in light of the many other popular genres that have come before. Genres studied may include: late 19th century popular music such as the Minstrel Show, Parlor Songs, Ragtime and Marches; 20th Century Folk Music; Blues; Jazz; Country / Western; Rock n' Roll; 60's Rock; 70's-80's Rock; Hip-Hop and Rap, and more. Students will be encouraged to develop, and use on a regular basis, both active and critical listening skills to analyze the music that they are hearing. No prior musical experience is necessary, but some basic background may be helpful. A mind open to experiencing new, different, and sometimes unusual genres of popular music is a must!