Folklore | American Regional & Ethnic Music
F351 | 16959 | Burdette

In this course you will survey and explore several genres of music-
making in America.  Regionalism, ethnicity, and community history
will factor heavily into our choice of genres to study.  Some of the
regionally inflected genres we will examine include bluegrass,
blues, string band music, polka, shape-note singing, Cajun, Zydeco,
salsa and Tex-Mex.  Symbolic uses of place and the past, as well as
the impact of mass mediums of distribution will all be recurrent
areas of analysis.  This course will bridge the work of folklore and
ethnomusicology as we examine the concepts of community, style,
traditionalization, ethnicity, and identity.

Fulfills COAS Arts and Humanities, CSA