Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1310- Section: 01
American Music
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Instructor Information
Instructor Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
Course Information
Description General survey of various styles of music in America. Topics may include jazz, ragtime, folk, rock, and contemporary art music which promotes the appreciation of cultural expressions.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes • Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to social trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd)

• Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to technological trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd; 4abc)

• Summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to cultural trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 2abc;3abcd)

Core Objectives
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.
Textbooks American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, 5th Ed.

Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman

Oxford University Press, 2018

ISBN-13: 978-0190632991
ISBN-10: 0190632992


Lecture Topics
Major Assignments
Quizzes and assignments TBA on a weekly basis.

Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; Chapter 1: Themes and
Streams of American Popular Music; Pretest

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
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Week 4: Chapter 4: The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley; Test 1

Week 5: Chapter 5: Race Records and Hillbilly Music

Week 6: Chapter 6: The Swing Era, 1935-1945; Quiz 2

Week 7: Chapter 7: The Postwar Era 1946-1954

Week 8: Chapter 8: Rock 'N' Roll 1954-1959; Test 2(Midterm)

Week 9: Chapter 9: American Pop and the British Invasion 1960's

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

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

Week 14: Chapter 14: Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment
Business; Quiz 4

Week 15: Chapter 15: The Internet Age, 2000-

Conclusion; Final Exam Review

Week 16: Final Exam

Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is expected. No copy and paste from an original source will be accepted and will be graded zero (0). This applies to everything: assignment, quiz, and test.

Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Final Exam 35%
Quizzes 35%
Class Participation 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy This is a face to face course that is required you assist and actively participate in every session. Participation is graded. We have two sessions per week.

You will have at least one quiz every two weeks.
You will have one exam every month (September, October, and November).
The last week of classes (December) you will not have a quiz but the Final Exam.

What count as an absence?
This is a face to face course. No assisting to a session will count as an absence. More than 5 absences will make you fail this course. Absences will count against your final attendance grade as well.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.