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Lawrence Starr
MUHST 497
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Music History

Topics vary each quarter. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in each of MUHST 210, MUSIC 303, and MUSIC 306.

Class description

The topic for MUHST 497A in Autumn 2013 will be "American Musical Theater." The topic for MUHST 497B in Autumn 2013 will be "Finding an American Voice." In 497A, we will consider stage and film musicals from the standpoints of music, drama, and dance, and consider how and why the musical has come to be regarded as an essential, and characteristically American, contribution to world culture. In 497B, we will study representative American poetry, visual art, and music, in an effort to understand why certain works are received as embodying "American" traits.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class discussion; reading of, listening to, and viewing of assigned materials.

Recommended preparation

Strong interest in the subject matter and a personal commitment to learning.

Class assignments and grading

Reading; listening to recordings; short informal papers; at least one substantial paper assignment.

Class work and paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lawrence Starr
Date: 05/13/2013