|Course title:||American Music and Radical Politics|
|Course description:||Music MUHL4300/MUSI7000 is a one-semester graduate-level course
exploring the interactions of American music, cultural history, and radical
politics across the spectrum, since the founding of the Republic.
Computer access: Since this course relies heavily on web-based activities, it is essential that students gain access to a reliable computer with Internet capabilities. If you computer is slow, doesn't support media applications, or if your Internet connection is prone to busy signals or disconnects, please schedule your day so that you can use a computer in the library. Technical problems do arise, but do yourself a favor and get acquainted with a good computer.
Please note: you the student are responsible for identifying, articulating, and seeking solutions for any computer problems you may encounter; most commonly, you can do this via the Academic Teaching and Learning Center, in the basement of the Main Library.
“Computer problems” will not be considered an acceptable excuse for late or missed assignments
|Course date:||Wednesday, September 1, 2004 through Wednesday, December 15, 2004|
|Prerequisite(s):||No prerequisites; open to UG and grad students from across the campus with permission of instructor|
|Name:||Dr Christopher Smith|
|Office location:||Music M203|
|Office hours:||MTWR 2:00-3:30pm|
|Biography:||Find a Chris Smith Biography|
|Teaching assistants:||As assigned.|
|Course goals:||Developing familiarity with a range of social, cultural, historical, economic, and biographical factors which have shaped the the interaction of American music and radical politics since the founding of the Republic, focusing on repertoires and discourse in English. Emphasis upon understanding the interaction of “content” (musical structure, procedure, aesthetics versus radical agendas, biographies, and writing, etc) and “context” (times-places-peoples from which musical idioms and radical political movements originated). Enhance sensitivity to interactions of music and cultural history.|
|Required reading:||No text focusing specifically on this topic currently exists. Therefore, readings will be collected in a packet (available via CopyTech).|
|Required reading:||Listening and score excerpts will be drawn from a range of materials including Music Library holdings, CD anthologies bundled with specific textbooks, instructors’ personal material on reserve. Most listening will be made available via WebCT.|
|Introduction:||This course will include lecture, listening, discussion, readings, a mid-term and final examination, and a semester-length research project.|
|Requirements:||Reading and listening
For each class meeting, one or more readings and one or more recordings will be assigned. Readings will be found in the Course Readings packet; primary listening material will available as mp3 files via this WebCT site. It will be essential that students complete the reading and listening assignments prior to the meeting in which they will be discussed.
Prior to final exam, which will focus on listening materials and "bundles", a list of pieces to be recognized will be distributed. On the test day, students will be expected to identify the excerpts played, and write short essays discussing each excerpt's musical and cultural significance.
|Introduction:||The following policies are required for this class by the MUHL department and by the University|
|Additional information:||Attendance and participation:
Because our time together in class is very limited, it is essential that we make the most efficient and constructive use of that time. Therefore, attendance is mandatory and unexcused absences will be penalized, with adverse effect on final grades.
Medical and other issues affecting course work:
Please Note: Student should present appropriate verification from AccessTECH. No requirement exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved university procedure.
Attendance due to religious observance
Absence due to officially approved trips--The Texas Tech University Catalog states that the person responsible for a student missing class due to a trip should notify the instructors of the departure and return schedule in advance of the trip. The student may not be penalized and is responsible for the material missed.
It is our experience that students who frequently miss class do poorly or fail. Any day you are late or absent, please get class notes from one or more classmates. You are responsible for knowing what is said in class, including announcements. Instructors cannot take responsibility for filling you in on what you missed.