Course Description

History of Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to Madonna 
Online Course

Popular music is all around us and has been a part of our lives since we were children. But how and when did it start? What are the roots of pop songs, R&B, and rock 'n roll? This course will trace the history and socio-cultural aspects of many genres of popular music. We will also develop skills to listen closer to music that we already enjoy. 

Ages 18+


Learner Outcomes

This course will explore the development and historical significance of popular music in the U.S. since the time of minstrelsy in the early 19th century to the present day. Students will gain an appreciation for how popular music developed and learn how to listen critically to their favorite artists.


No music background necessary.
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