Maricopa Community Colleges  MHL155   20022-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11-27-2001

MHL155 2002 Spring 2003 Fall

LEC 3.0 Credit(s) 3.0 Period(s) 3.0 Load Acad

Survey of American Music

History of the music of North America from the earliest American Indian music to the present. Introduction to the musical trends, composers, socioeconomic developments and trends, musical forms and styles that influence our modern American musical sense.

Prerequisites: None

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


MHL155 2002 Spring 2003 Fall

Survey of American Music



List the major influences in early American music. (I)


Identify major early American composers. (I)


List musical traits, trends, and forms that accompany each of the major influences, using terminology from the American music scene. (I, II, III)


Identify musical examples from the early American historical period. (I)


Describe major historical and socioeconomical influences on American music. (I, II, III)


Contrast early American music with major European musical forms and ideas. (I)


Contrast band and orchestral music. (III)


Identify and explain major nationalistic elements of American music. (I, II, III)


Define and contrast major musical forms, such as minstrel, folk, jazz, rock, and classical music, as developed in American music. (II, III)


Cite musical examples of each of the musical forms that developed in American music of the Twentieth Century. (III)


Contrast early and modern American Indian, African-American, folk, classical, jazz, rock, and musical comedy ideas and idioms. (I, II, III)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


MHL155 2002 Spring 2003 Fall

Survey of American Music


I. Before the Nineteenth Century

A. The first American song-American Indian music

B. European inroads-early Christian music making

C. From ritual to art-development of sacred music

D. Colonial song, dance, and home music making

E. Early military, concert, and theatre music

F. Maintaining oral traditions-African music in early America

G. New England psalmody reformed

II. The Nineteenth Century

A. Lowell Mason: Southern and frontier devotional music

B. Theatre and opera: 1800-1860s

C. Blacks, whites, and the minstrel stage

D. Home music making and the publishing industry: Parlor songs, bands, and orchestras

E. From church to concert hall

F. Significant composers and musicians

1. Anthony Phillip Heinrich

2. Louis Moreau Gottschalk

3. William Henry Fry

4. George W. Chadwick

5. Amy Beach

6. Edward McDowell

G. Musical nationalism

H. American Indian music from 1820

I. Slave songs and other Black music through the 1800s

J. Songs of the later Nineteenth Century

1. John Phillip Sousa

2. The phonograph

3. The rise of Tin Pan Alley

III. The Twentieth Century

A. Charles Ives

B. The Jazz Age

1. Duke Ellington

2. Count Basie

3. Swing

4. Jazz

5. Broadway

6. Musical performance

C. Classical music, mass media, and the Great Depression

D. Classical music in the post-war years

E. Minimalists

F. The Gap: 1960s-1980s

G. American folk song collectors

H. The golden age of the American musical

I. The rise of rock and roll

J. Post-war popular trends

K. Popular music and ethnicity

L. Black music and American identity

M. The Beatles

N. Rock

O. Popular music


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