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Course Description

From the beginning of recorded time, music has been a master influence on the hearts, minds, identities, and attitudes of all humanity. American music has served as the taproot of our culture. It speaks to who we are and serves as a signature for those outside of our American culture. However, we must understand that "American" music is a product of music from around the world, and what we claim today as "American" music is the intertwining of music genes that were formed thousands of years before America's founding in 1607. This course examines the age-old influences of contemporary music, as it has guided our culture over the past 400 years. It will first explore music that was brought onto our shores, then examine that music as it was flavored and re-flavored into what we hear today. The course will feature music via audio/video, lectures, and guest performers. Class members are invited to share their talents, if they wish. Lecture (plus Questions); Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos
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