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Madison Metropolitan School District

History of American Popular Music


This course explores the evolution of popular music styles from the 19th century to the present. Musical forms covered will include Ragtime, Blues, Tin Pan Alley, early Jazz, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, modern Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, and all styles of Rock and Roll from the 1950s to punk, funk and hip-hop. Students will be introduced to these through reading, in-class demonstration, videos, and extensive listening.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MUS4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective