2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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MUSC 102 American Popular Music (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Formerly MUSIC 105

Course Description
Study of American music including: popular song, blues, jazz, country and rock styles. Historical and social elements that impacted their development. Current popular music trends will be studied as extensions of or responses to past styles.

Student Outcomes
1. Analyze and aurally recognize specific music styles and compositions that represent the popular music genre.
2. Examine the sources of popular music: European American, African American, and Latin American.
3. Identify and evaluate the socioeconomic, political, historical, and cultural events that affected the creation and development of popular music in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
4. Trace the advancements of music technology and the evolution of the entertainment business and their influences on popular music.
5. Recall and compare various elements of 19th and early 20th century American popular song including minstrel shows, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, dance music, and ragtime.
6. Define and aurally distinguish between the different styles, songs, and artists of the Classic, Country, Delta, and Chicago blues traditions.
7. Relate social and musical elements of the Jazz Age and Swing Era to specific historical events.
8. Trace the origins of country music, and its emergence into popular culture.
9. Identify the origins of early rock and interpret their influence on the development of future musical styles.
10. Recall, analyze, and compare specific musical styles, artists, and songs from the Rock and Roll decades from 1950-to the present.

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