Research in the life, works, and times of composers in the United States from colonial days to the present. Prerequisite: MUHST 500.
Typically, the course centers on the work of a single major figure, and the topic for Winter 2014 will be the music theater works of Stephen Sondheim.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar-style discussions and student presentations.
Appropriate background for graduate work in music history, including MUHST 500 or the equivalent, or permission of instructor; serious interest in American music of all kinds; eagerness to participate in class.
Class assignments and grading
Brief in-class presentations are required of all students, in addition to the completion of a substantial seminar paper or related project.
Work in class, and quality of final project.