This course will focus on the development of critical thinking and writing skills through the study of the American culture and its effect
on the music, composers, and entertainers of the twentieth century. The student will consider the influence of the culture on Twentiethcentury
American music by reading about, listening to, and discussing classical and popular American music. The music of the Memphis
Region will be a focus and will require group excursions to musically important sites in the city of Memphis. Students will be expected
to express their own views both about the music being studied and the larger question of the role of music and art in American society.