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MUS 301 - American Music

American music from the settlement of this country to the present day, emphasizing the cultural processes which have been contributing factors. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 115, or 210. 3 credits. 

MUS 309 - Popular Music

Investigation of present day music from its sources. The interaction of leading musical trends and society is observed through recordings, readings, discussions, and actual performances when possible. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 115, or 210. 3 credits.

MUS 310 - African-American Music

Survey and analysis of Black-oriented music in North, Central, and South America, with major emphasis on its musical development in the United States. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 115, or 210. 3 credits.

MUS 311 - Jazz History

Traces the origins and evolution of jazz from a sociological and musical context. Topics include: ragtime, New Orleans traditions, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool, free, avant garde, fusion, and contemporary styles; emphasis on artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 115, or 210. 3 credits.

MUS 312 - Musical Literature of the World

An introduction to the musical literature of selected cultures of the world acquainting the student with a variety of musical functions and styles at various places and times. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 115, or 210 or equivalent. 3 credits.

MUS 313 - Musical Experience of the Last Two Decades

An examination of the current musical scene and its immediate antecedents. All types of music (symphonic, theater and cinema, jazz, popular virtuoso, mixed media, aleatoric, social, educational, commercial, etc.) are surveyed. Prerequisite: Fine Arts requirement. 3 credits.

MUS 314 - Music of the Jewish People

A survey of Jewish music from the Biblical period to the present day. Topics include discussion of Ashkenazic and Sephardic liturgical and secular music, traditions, music from the Holocaust, and the contemporary American Jewish music scene. 3 credits.