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MUS 117 BLACK CONTRIBUTIONS TO MUSIC

MUS 117 Black Contributions in Music

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  MUS 117 Black Contributions in Music

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  None

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  A detailed study of the unique and essential elements that characterize Black music in both vocal and instrumental styles, giving emphasis to its historical development and role as a major force in shaping America’s musical tastes.

General Education Goals: MUS 117 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories: Humanistic Perspective and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music, or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe and engage in the creative process in African music, spirituals, gospel, and works written by classical composers of African descent;
  2. list and describe important musical components and styles in  African music, spirituals, gospel, and works written by classical composers of African Descent; and
  3. discuss the flow of African music, spirituals, gospel and works written by classical composers of African descent, especially the position of composers, instrumentalists and vocalists within the continuum, and the influences each had upon their colleagues and upon succeeding generations of composers, instrumentalists and vocalists.