How Race Defines American Music

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

How Race Defines Amer Music

Fall 2019

Taught By: Evan Rapport

Section: A

CRN: 7171

Credits: 4

The musical life of the United States is thoroughly bound up with the ever-shifting concept of race. In this course, students consider the enduring relationship between racial stereotypes, representations, and categories and the ways that Americans create and consume music. Topics include blackface minstrelsy, orientalism, industry marketing strategies, creative responses to historical and political events, connections between race and musicians’ careers and repertoires, and links between race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course requires a significant amount of listening to music recordings. Students will also analyze a variety of written sources and films. Understanding of the course material will be primarily assessed through engagement in seminar discussions, a book and record reviews, and a final paper. This particular semester will also involve some attendance at Abrons Arts Center in connection with the new show entitled (((jazz singer))). Familiarity with Western music notation is not required.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:10am 11/14/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 716

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019