American Music Course Syllabi

Syllabus Categories

American Art Music (Broadly Defined)

California Polytechnic State University, America’s Music
Alyson McLamore

North Seattle Community College, Music in the United States
Art Woodbury

Winona State University, American Art Music
Suzanne Draayer

American Music Surveys (Broadly Defined)

Arizona State University, Survey of American Music
Karen M. Bryan

Arizona State University, 1920s American Music
Kay Norton

Arizona State University, Anglo-American Philosophy of Music since 1960
Kay Norton

Brown University, The Great American Songbook (Part I || Part II)
Rose Subotnik

Mount Holyoke College, Teaching American Culture Through Music
Daniel Czitrom

University of Delaware, Popular Music in the United States 1890-1980
David Suisman

University of Kentucky, American Music (part 1) (part 2)
Ron Pen

Wake Forest University, American Music
Susan Borwick

Twentieth-Century Music with American Coverage

Coe College, Music of the 20th Century
William Carson

University of Houston, Music of the Twentieth Century II – Music after 1945
Tim Koozin

University of Western Ontario, Opera in 20th-Century America
Emily Abrams Ansari

Experimental Music

Brandeis University, American Experimental Music: Study and Practice
Jeff Roberts

University of Virginia, American Musical Mavericks
Matthew Burtner

Rock and Popular Music

Brown University, The Rise and Fall of Tin Pan Alley
Rose Rosengard Subotnik

CUNY – Queens College, The Music Industry
Amy Herzog

Georgetown College, History of Rock Music
Dr. Sonny Burnette

Harvey Mudd College, The Sociology of Popular Music
Dipannita Basu

Iowa State University, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll
David Stuart

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Women, Representation and Music in Select Folk Traditions of the British Isles and North America
Ruth Perry & Judith Tick

University of Salzburg, Jazz and American Popular Music at Home and Abroad
Reinhold Wagnleitner & Lew Erenberg

African-American Music

University of Michigan, Dearborn, Introduction to Gospel Music
Deborah Smith Pollard


Kansas State University, African American Music and Culture – Focus on the Blues
Wayne E. Goins
Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer

University of Salzburg, Rhythm and Blues – The ‘Soul’ of US Pop Music as Historical Source
Reinhold Wagnleitner


Arizona State University, Jazz in America
Mark Sunkett

Bates College, Exploring Jazz Guitar
John Smedley

Carnegie Mellon University, History of Jazz
David Rotenstein

Grinnell College, The Jazz Tradition in America
Ralph Russell

Rap and Hip-Hop

Brown University, Routes, Rap, Reggae - Hearing the Histories of Hip-hop and Reggae Together
Wayne Marshall

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hip Hop
Thomas DeFrantz

Musical Theater and Film Music

Arizona State University, Survey of Musical Theater
Anna Wheeler Gentry

California Polytechnic State University, History of Musical Theater
Alyson McLamore

Grinnell College, Soundtracks and Scores – Music in American Cinema
Ralph Russell

Harvard University, American Musical Theater from Show Boat to West Side Story
Carol Oja

Local Topics

Hampshire College, American Strings: Old Time and Bluegrass
Rebecca Miller

Musician Specific Courses

Harvard University, Before West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein's Boston
Carol Oja

Dartmouth College, John Cage, Ruth Crawford Seeger
Larry Polansky

Bowling Green State University, 20th Century Innovators – John Cage
Elainie Lillios

Arizona State University, Beatles
Mike Shellans