American Popular Music

  • Course Number: T600S (Summer), T600F (Fall), T600W (Winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 9-12
  • Credits: .5 (Semester Course)
  • Prerequisite: An interest in music.

Course Description: American Popular Music is a one-term course designed for students who would like to explore the history of popular music in the United States from the early 19th century to today. Topics will include Early American Pop Music, Jazz and Blues, the Swing Era, Early Rock & Roll, The British Invasion, the 1960’s, the MTV era, Hip-Hop, and the music of today. Students will be evaluated on daily work, online discussion posts, unit written quizzes, listening quizzes, individual projects and a final examination.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Online discussions, interactive assignments, quizzes and extensive music listening will be a part of the learning experience.

Recommended Background for Success: No previous music experience or knowledge is necessary, but may be helpful. A willingness to learn about and discuss the history of popular music is required.

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Benjamin Stanerson
Tonka Online Lead Teacher
ben.stanerson@minnetonkaschools.org
952-237-9347

Robb Virgin
Assistant Principal, Minnetonka High School
robb.vigin@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5705