San Jacinto College South
MUSI 1310 - American Popular Music


HOMEWORK 5 posted April 29, 2010 (see bottom of page)


Louis Armstrong Homework from movie Satchmo due Monday April 12, 2010 (see bottom of page)


TEST MONDAY April 5, 2010 OVER HOMEWORK 3, Chapters 4 and 5.


Instructor: Bob Odneal

12133 Fine Arts Building
W – 281-484-1900 ext. 3299

email for 10AM class

email for 11:30 AM class

Personal website
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the evolution of popular American music styles which have
proven to be a powerful reflection of American culture. The course will provide a survey of music created,
performed, and reflective of a unique American style including jazz; ragtime; swing and subsequent jazz
styles; American folk and popular music; the American musical theater; and rock and roll.
Online resources:
YouTube Video Channel for American Pop
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should
be able to demonstrate the ability to:

a. Identify the different style periods of popular music and be able to articulate the key
characteristics of each period.
b. Identify major American classical and popular composers and aurally recognize significant
musical examples.
c. Identify the evolution of American popular music from ragtime to rock and roll, including the
impact of the music industry and media
d. Identify instruments and ensembles characteristics of the various popular music styles.
e. Identify non-American cultural influences within various American popular musical styles.

MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS : Learning activities used to achieve student-learning outcomes may be
selected from the following:

1. listening assignments
2. Homework
3. in-class participation
4. exams: listening and written
5. research project/concert reports

GRADING SYSTEM: Grades will be determined by some or all of the following
Homework : (Must be typed. Preferrably by email. 1 point will be deducted for each answer not typed)
Exams 1&2 (consists of both a written portion and a listening portion)
Listening Exam: (an extensive listening exam that covers 5 decades and multiple styles)
Concert reports
Final Exam

GRADING SCALE : Percentage grades, when used, are converted to letter grades according to
the following scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 =B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, Below 60=F

ABSENTEE POLICY :You will NOT be dropped for excessive absences, nor will make-up exams be
given for unexcused absences. If for any reason the student feels unable to successfully complete the
course due to absences, it is his/her responsibility to either speak with the professor, or drop the course.

Special Needs Students: Students who need special assistance (have qualified disabilities) to successfully
take this course should see the Special Population Coordinator in the Counseling Center.

Terms to know : Homework 1

1. 12-bar blues form: Poetic, Melodic, Harmonic, and Rhythmic (from class notes)
2. accent
3. bar
4. beat
5. classical music
6. cross-pollination
7. folk music
8. genre
9. lieder
10. sheet music
11. syncopation
12. tempo
13. timbre

The Elements of popular music

14. instrumentation
15. dynamics
16. melody
17. harmony
18. texture
19. form
20. rhythm
21. Define popular music based on class discussions


Homework 2
Chapters 2 and 3

Terms to know : Chapter 2

Due Monday 2/15/2010 before class

1. Blackface
2. Bones
3. call-and-response
4. chorus
5. endman
6. interlocutor
7. march
8. minstrelsy
9. olio
10. sheet music
11. syncopated dance music
12. Tin Pan Alley
13. Vernacular
14. waltz song
15. Stephen Foster
Terms to know: Chapter 3

1. Blues
2. call and response
3. collective improvisation
4. country blues
5. fox trot
6. front line
7. hi-hat
8. improvisation
9. jazz
10. march
11. multisectional form
12. pentatonic scale
13. piano rag
14. race record
15. strain
16. Scott Joplin
17. John Philip Sousa
18. Robert Johnson


Terms to know – Chapters 4 and 5

1. acoustic recording
2. amplifier
3. brass section
4. electric recording
5. microphone
6. riff
7. scat singing
8. stride piano
9. string section
10. vibrato
11. wind section
12. jazz
13. collective improvisation
14. Fats Waller (from class notes)
15. Louis Armstrong (from class notes)
16. George Gershwin

Terms to know – Chapter 5

1. backbeat
2. ballad
3. big band swing
4. bridge
5. comping
6. crooner
7. hi-hat
8. scale
9. arpeggio
10. song interpreter
11. standard
12. swing
13. walking bass
14. jazz form (from class notes)
15. cool jazz (from class notes)
16. bop (from class notes)
17. Benny Goodman
18. Miles Davis


Due Monday April 12, 2010

Louis Armstrong Homework from movie Satchmo

You can review on youtube

YouTube Video Channel for American Pop

1. When was Louis Armstrong Born?

2. As a youth, why was he placed in the “Colored Waifs Home?”

3. How many times was he married?

4. What 1964 hit song surpassed the Beatles on the charts?

5. What was the name of the song where he first performed scat singing on record?

6. Why was he arrested as an adult in California?

7. What was the song by Fats Waller that helped to launch his carreer?

8. What song by Fats Waller did he establish as a protest song?

9. Why was the government monitoring him in his later years?

10. What cartoon did he appear in?

11. What were his nicknames? (there were two)

12. What product did he endorse and what did it do?


Terms to know – Chapter 9

1. electric blues
2. jump band
3. lead guitar
4. rhythm and blues
5. rocakabilly
6. rock and roll
7. Elvis
8. Jerry Lee Lewis
9. Chuck Berry
10. Little Richard

Terms to know – Chapter 10

1. a capella
2. gospel
3. Hammond organ (from class notes)
4. concept album
5. feedback
6. hook
7. melisma
8. mixing
9. Motown
10. multitrack recording
11. power chord
12. Woodstock (from class notes)
13. Janis Joplin
14. Jim Morrison
15. Jimi Hendrix