House Bill 2504 Spring 2014 Course Syllabus MUSI-1310-73 - American Popular Music
Spring 2014 Course Syllabus
MUSI-1310-73 - American Popular Music
|Instructor||Gillam, Robert W.|
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|Course Description||A survey of commercial music industry trends and developments through historical analysis. Topics include the evolution of the music industry with emphasis on the development of popular musical styles and the impact of culture and technology on industry growth. The birth and evolution of Ragtime, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Country, R&B, Swing, and Rock and Roll will be examined in context of each style’s connection to subsequent iterations, resulting in the popular music of today, along with a historical examination of how those music styles both reflect and influence American society and culture at large.|
American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, 4th ed.
Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman
Oxford University Press, 2014
|Attendance Policy||As an online class there is no "classroom" attendance policy, but regular participation in online discussions is expected. Students are also expected to check their email and the Blackboard site on a daily basis for new assignments, announcements, and messages.|
|Course Grading Scale||
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
Below 59 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||
Tests (x3) 30%
Final Exam 15%
Quizzes (x4) 20%
Discussion Posts 10%
4 Page Paper 15%
1 Page Song Responses (x7) 10%
|Final Exam Date||May 5, 2014 - 9:00 AM|
Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; Chapter 1: Themes and Streams of American Popular Music; Pretest; Song Response 1
Week 2: Chapter 2: Popular Music of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries; Quiz 1
Week 3: Chapter 3: Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935: Review for Test 1; Song Response 2
Week 4: Chapter 4: The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley; Test 1
Week 5: Chapter 5: Race Records and Hillbilly Music; Song Response 3
Week 6: Chapter 6: The Swing Era, 1935-1945; Quiz 2
Week 7: Chapter 7: The Postwar Era 1946-1954; Test 2 Review; Song Response 4
Week 8: Test 2; Chapter 8: Rock 'N' Roll 1954-1959
Week 9: Chapter 9: American Pop and the British Invasion 1960's; Song Response 5
Week 10: Chapter 10: Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock 1960's; Quiz 3
Week 11: Chapter 11: Rock Music, Disco and the Popular Mainstream; Review for Test 3; Song Response 6
Week 12: Chapter 12: Progressive Country, Reggae, Salsa, Punk, Funk, and Hip-Hop 1970's; Test 3
Week 13: Chapter 13: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream 1980; MTV and its impact on how America discovers new music; Song Response 7.
Week 14: Chapter 14: Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business; Quiz 4
Week 15: Chapter 15: Conclusion; Final Exam Review; Post Test; 4 page paper Due
Week 16: Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 4: Test 1 (Chapters 1-4)
Week 8: Test 2 (Chapters 5-8)
Week 12: Test 3 (Chapters 9-12)
Week 15: 4 Page paper Due
Week 16: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication. Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal. Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities. Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to social trends. (PSLO 1, 2, 4, 5) Measured by embedded test questions, group discussion assignments, song responses and essay rubric.
2. Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to technological trends. (PSLO 1, 2, 4) Measured by embedded test questions, essay rubric, song responses and group discussion assignments.
3. Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to cultural trends. (PSLO 1, 2, 4, 5) Measured by embedded test questions, essay rubric, classroom discussions, reading responses and oral presentation rubric.
4. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading (PSLO- Alpha) Measured by pre-test/ post-test.
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