Global Roots of Music in the United States

Professor Lee Anna Rasar

Course Description

This course examines 10 musical cultures within the United States, with 9 of them being heavily influenced by music from outside the U. S. , and also explores the music from Congo Square in New Orleans - the historical background for the singing, dancing, instruments, people, and contexts represented in the musical expressions. Besides studying the aesthetic and structural characteristics of the music, consideration is given to political, philosophical, spiritual, and economic factors related to the music and its roles within these cultures. Students have the opportunity to play instruments from these cultures and learn and compare the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic organizational structures of the cultures within singing, instrumental performance, and dancing contexts.