May 23, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

MUS 103 - Introduction to American Music


Course Description: This course will explore the roots of U.S. music from Native American drumming and colonial influences through the birth and development of blues, country, Cajun, jazz, rock and rap, as well as regional styles and Broadway and classical contributions.

ISLOs: This course supports the development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking and Multicultural/Global Literacy.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate music from different regions in the United States and trace the musical heritage of the people.
  • Analyze melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements and forms of the music.
  • Trace connecting influences from earlier styles of American music in order to understand the roots of contemporary music. 
  • Identify elements in American music from diverse ethnic and regional backgrounds.
  • Create written documents that employ Standard English spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • Express through written essays the historical understanding of musical styles and how they relate to societal traditions, as well as identify connections between the student’s own musical and cultural links with the past and with other cultures.

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