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Think Globally, Listen Locally: An Exploration of Identity in American Music Cultures

(30) Think Globally, Listen Locally: An Exploration of Identity in American Music Cultures - Denise Rotavera-Krain, Department of Music and First Year Staff

The United States is rich with unique music traditions shared by indigenous, immigrant and diaspora cultures that brought with them distinct cultural, religious, political and personal identities.  In this seminar, we will explore the relationship between music and identity in its many forms.  Topics will include Hawaiian hula, East and West Coast hip-hop, and Tex-Mex border music among others. This seminar will include daily in-class discussions, active learning exercises, exams, as well as several assignments focused on developing writing, research, and critical inquiry skills.