Folklore | American Regional Musics
F625 | 28053 | Burdette


This course will examine a wealth of North American musical
communities and styles. These include bluegrass, tex-mex, blues,
polka, string band, shapenote, cajun, zydeco, mariachi, klezmer,
gospel and steelband music.  In addition, we will explore issues of
ethnicity, style, revival, and commercialization. The goals of the
course are threefold: to develop a familiarity with the diversity of
American regional and ethnic musics, to understand the history of
stylistic borrowing and innovation that has created these musics,
and to examine the roles these musics play in the lives of the
people who make it.  No musical background is necessary.  The course
will use the textbook, Musics of Multicultural America and its
accompanying CD.  In addition, there will be supplementary readings
and listening materials.