Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Shepherd University Catalog 
2020-2021 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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APST 343 - Appalachian Music and Ethnomusicology

(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 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.  Previously titled Appalachian Music. Prerequisites:

  or permission of instructor.


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