AMS 315 • Musics of Texas
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course is an historical survey of the music, musicians, and institutions associated with the state of Texas and its region. Particular attention will be given to music and identity issues as they relate to musical life in Texas. Focusing on the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state and the efforts of its residents to define themselves through their music, this course will examine the changing definitions of Texas music from various ethnic and historical perspectives. Lecture topics will include discussions of such popular, folk, and classical musics as: Texas blues, ragtime, jazz, and rock; western swing, Hollywoods portrayal of Texas, and the singing cowboy; Texas classical music traditions; women and Texas music; as well as Texas-Mexican and African-American musical traditions. Open to both music and non-music majors, there are no prerequisites for this course.