Folklore | American Regional Musics
F351 | 2418 | 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.