American Music

  • Consider American Music!

The American Music minor, open to all students, brings together the most prominent strands of American music scholarship on campus and provides students with a framework for understanding the diverse musics and musical cultures of America.

Taking its inspiration from the multidisciplinary approaches characteristic of this emerging field, the minor includes:

  • A gateway course surveying American musical history and genres
  • One course from a field or interdisciplinary area offering a critical perspective on American culture
  • Three courses offering in-depth study of musical traditions essential to the American soundscape
  • One course in which detailed exploration of a single cultural site or perspective will deepen students’ understanding of the importance of particular social institutions or circumstances shaping musical life; and
  • A capstone research seminar in which students pursue individual projects.

No previous musical experience is required of minors.