MUS224: Ballads, Blues, and Banjos: Folk Music in America (Fall 2017)

Course Info

What is "folk" music, and who makes it? How do notions of authenticity, class, and capital affect the construction of "folk" identity? How has recording technology impacted oral traditions? This course introduces the folk music of America, focusing on Anglo-American ballads and hymns, African-American spirituals and blues, and Appalachian old-time/bluegrass, while also touching on various Native-American and ethnic traditions. We'll learn ballads by ear, sing from shape notes, debate various folk-song collectors' agendas, and discuss the 1960s folk revival. We'll also explore the influence of folk music in popular culture.


Sep 13, 2017 - Jan 16, 2018

Tuesday/Thursday 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM

Woolworth Music Center, Room 106

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