American Popular Music

Two guitars combined into one.

An acoustic and an electric guitar. In this course, students analyzed the instrumentation form of various assigned popular songs. (Acoustic guitar courtesy of Megan Allen on Flickr; electric guitar courtesy of Ethan Prater on Flickr. Licenses: CC BY.)




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Fall 2014



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This course surveys the development of popular music in the United States and in a cross-cultural milieu relative to the history and sociology of the last two hundred years. It examines the ethnic mixture that characterizes modern music, how it reflects many rich traditions and styles, and provides a background for understanding the musical vocabulary of current popular music styles.

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Teresa Neff. 21M.295 American Popular Music. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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