College of the Redwoods offers three semester-long, three unit courses that survey specific musical traditions in their cultural and historical contexts. All three of these courses fulfill the general education requirement in humanities for an A.A. or A.S. degree.
Music in History (Music 10) examines the Western art music tradition from the middle ages through the twentieth century, considering the cultural and historical background of the music studied and examining the interrelationship between music, other art forms, religion, politics, and economics.
American Popular Music (Music 12) surveys the body of distinctly American music that has developed since the late nineteenth century, with an emphasis on American popular song and musical theater; the African-American tradition from spirituals and work songs through the blues and jazz; the Anglo-American tradition (country-and-western, bluegrass, urban folk); and rock music from the mid-1950s through the 1990s. The evolution of the music industry, music media, and music-related technology are also discussed.
World Music (Music 14) surveys the musical traditions of a number of non-Western cultures, including China, Japan, India, Persia, the Arab world, tribal Africa, Latin America, and native American.
All three of these courses fulfill the general education requirement in humanities for an A.A. or A.S. degree.
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