Overall, Dr. Justice is very knowledgeable about the history of American music. She is able to communicate her knowledge to students in an interesting way that made it fun to learn.
— Syracuse University student
Dr. Justice has a passion for the material and is engaging.
— Another Syracuse student
Enjoyable class with reasonable and worthwhile assignments.
— Yet another Syracuse Student

Course Description:

This course celebrates the rich history of music in the United States from the earliest times to the present.  We will look at cultivated, vernacular, and folk traditions as reflections of the American musical landscape. We will also ask questions about the idea of American music. Can we talk about “American music” as a useful category? What can we identify as distinctive about the experience and development of music in America?


Learning Outcomes:

In this class, students will:

    Have a broader understanding of a representative selection of American music within a rich historical, social and political context

    Learn the significance of the music repertory, traditions, and artists we are studying

    Develop analytical tools, critical thinking, and effective means of writing about music and culture

      •     Engage with fundamental questions arising from the study of music and culture

      •    Learn to engage in scholarly dialogue and debate with academic colleagues


  Required text and listening media:

Crawford, Richard, ed. 2013. An Introduction to America's Music (Second

Edition). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393935318


Crawford, Richard, ed. 2013. Recordings for An Introduction to America's Music

(Second Edition). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393921403

 Note: The recordings are available via CD, online, or online streaming. See textbook or website for details.