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    Shepherd University
   
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog
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APST 543 - Appalachian Music

(3cr) Students will gain an understanding of the role of music within historical and contemporary communities of southern Appalachia--particularly West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. The course will introduce students to the field of ethnomusicology by researching and exploring Appalachia's diverse musical traditions and genres, how they contribute to identity formation, and their contribution to contemporary popular culture around the world. Cultural studies research methods will be employed in the course, and the following musical genres will be explored: Native American music, balladry, sacred music, old-time, bluegrass, blues, coal/work songs, civil rights and other protest music among others. Emphasis will be placed on historical and socio-cultural trends in the region, the roles of women and minorities, and the struggle for social and environmental justice. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.



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