CCOG for MUS 214 Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUS 214
Course Title:
Music of Broadway
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Course Description

A historical overview of the music of Broadway. Also includes musical elements and aural skill development. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Development of listening skills for recognition of emotional triggers that are enhanced through music in order to make personal emotional and cultural choices
  2. Recognize the evolution of musical styles that connect with genres, eras, and cultures in order to gain a broader view of history, politics, pop culture, and cultural mores.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

-Qualitative/quantitative aural examinations
-Qualitative/quantitative written examinations
-Research paper(s)
-Attendance and participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

-Origins and history of New York (American) theatre: English
and 18th century colonial theatre, 19th century blackface
minstrel shows, burlesque, vaudeville, P.T. Barnum, The Astor
Place riot.
-From downtown to midtown, Union Square to Times Square
-The theatre syndicate and establishment of “Off-Broadway”
-Early musicals
-Theatre for the masses
-Gilbert and Sullivan and other English and European works.
-African-American theatre
-Composers of Tin Pan Alley
-The Great White Way
-Actors Equity Association
-The Jazz Singer and film compete with Broadway
-The Roaring 20s and the Beginning of the Golden Age of
-Works of the greats: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome
Kern, Vincent Youmans, and Rodgers and Hart.
-The Ziefield Theatre and Showboat
-Contemporary works
-Musical elements and enhancement of drama
-The incredible shrinking orchestra pit