Course Description

"This survey of American popular music from 1950 to the present traces the development of rock & roll, soul, disco, punk, metal, rap, hip-hop and other popular genres from their multicultural roots to the digital world of the 21st century. Students examine the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of these genres along with their impact on the global population and marketplace. Students also connect developments in technology (recording, production, etc.) with the enormous growth of the music industry and its effect on the consumer via means of production, distribution, and promotion. Students also address the work of female musicians, songwriters, producers, etc., and the obstacles they face in the commercial music industry."


This course is available for undergraduate credit. Students must possess a high school diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.

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Section Title
American Popular Music
T, Th
1:00PM to 4:45PM
Jul 09, 2024 to Aug 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Undergraduate Tuition credit (4 units) $3,400.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 18, 2024
Transfer to a Different Course
No transfer request allowed after enrollment. Students may drop a course and re-enroll in a new course prior to the course start date.
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