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Selected Topics in Music Literature for Non-Majors (175-0-3)


History of the Guitar


Daniel S Atwood

Meeting Info

RCMA 1-168: Mon, Wed 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Overview of class

Present in nearly every 20th-century popular music genre and found in the homes of people of all backgrounds, the guitar - whether acoustic or electric - is among the most widespread, iconic instruments in the world. This course considers the guitar, its music, and its cultural symbolism in a variety of contexts, exploring what the instrument has meant, and continues to mean, to those who have played and heard it throughout history and around the world. Students will learn about guitar cultures spanning from the Renaissance to the digital age - highlighting performers such as Beethoven-contemporary Mauro Giuliani and blues legend B.B. King - with a particular focus on the 20th century onward, including representations in film, advertising, and video games. Assignments include topical quizzes, short response papers, and in-class presentation and discussion sections. No previous musical training is required.

Class Materials (Required)

None required for purchase. Assigned reading, listening, and other materials will be available on CANVAS.

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area