T C 301 • Hearing Color: Race and Music in American Culture-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This seminar will focus on the social, cultural, and musical construction of race in American music. Focusing particularly on notions of blackness, we will consider the ways in which music participates in the construction of racial communities and identities, touching on the following questions: are certain musical styles or practices coded as black or white? How does music create racial communities and construct racial differences? Can music express the experience of racial marginalization or oppression? To address these challenging issues, we will examine such genres as blackface minstrelsy and the concert spiritual in the mid-19th century, rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, Motown in the 1960s, and contemporary R&B.
About the Professor Elizabeth B. Crist, assistant professor of musicology, teaches a variety of courses in American and African American music. She has published numerous articles and two books on the life and music of Aaron Copland. An avid swimmer and gym rat, she also enjoys relaxing with her husband, their two cats, and an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This course contains a substantial writing component. Four reading responses (2 pages each): 20% (5% each) Paper 1 (4 pages): 10% Paper 2 (6 pages): 15% Paper 3 (8 pages): 20% Attendance and participation: 35%