Summer 2017

American Ethnicities and Popular Song – Music 319

With Professor David Crook

Fulfills Ethnic Studies Requirement

Summer Session 2017
(June 19 – August 13)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:55 – 11:25 am

This course examines the construction of race and ethnic identity in American popular song from the end of the Civil War to the present. It proceeds through a series of case studies in which individual songs provide a focus for the study of topics such as blackface minstrelsy, U.S. imperialism and musical exoticism, indigenous musics and the stereotypical sounds of Indians in American song and film, protest songs and the Civil Rights Movement, and the work of black musicians as cultural ambassadors within the context of the U.S. government’s Cold War diplomacy. Along the way, we will use what we learn from our study of these historical examples to consider how race figures in more recent writing about singers as different from one another as Beyoncé, Daryl Hall, Toby Keith, and Katy Perry. This will be taught as a blended course: students will access most course materials (readings, videos, self-evaluation exercises, etc.) online. We will use class meetings principally for one-on-one and small-group activities designed to help students develop and articulate their personal responses to the course content.

More information: David Crook, 5525 Humanities Building, dcrook@wisc.edu

Music Cultures of the World – Music 103/Folklore 103

With Adjunct Instructor Matthew Richardson

Fulfills Fine Arts Distro Requirement,
Fulfills World Music Requirement for Music Education Students

Summer Session 2017
(June 19 to August 13)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:55 – 11:25 am

This course for non-music majors will guide students through music cultures from around the world, using repertoire as diverse as ancient Egyptian hymns and J-pop. Major themes will range from diaspora to tourism, and spirituality to commerce. Along the way, students will develop critical listening skills and cultivate an appreciation of how music and culture influence one another. The course layout covers music including aural traditions, popular genres, and classical traditions. Students will learn terminology and analysis skills that they can use to describe the world’s music in all its diversity. We will also survey major world music traditions from Africa, the Middle East, India, and East and Southeast Asia, learning about relationships between musical systems and cultural practices in these regions. There will also be cross-cultural units, looking at the relationship between genres like West African funk, K-pop, American funk and jazz, Bollywood film, and more.

For information: Matthew Richardson, 5541 Humanities Bldg, mwrichardson@wisc.edu