MUSIC 3243 


Instructor:  Vicky Boucher 

Office hours posted on my door (Room 122) 

E-mail:  boucher@tarleton.edu  

Phone:  ext.#9238 



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Note:   This is an organic document!  It will change.  You are responsible for what is on this page, not the copy you made at the beginning of the semester.

Week 1  (Jan. 8-12)

Required Listening

Some selections that you will hear in class will be on your unit exams.  Bring a blank CD for excerpts of these listening selections.  The GA in the computer lab can make you a copy.  She is there every day between 10am and 2pm.  To find the computer lab, turn left at the glassed-in office and it is the first door to your left.  Also, below is a link to the titles and artists since the CD will just read Track 1, etc.

Listening List

Chapter 1:  Tin Pan Alley and American Popular Song

Chapter 1 Study Guide

(Remember to complete the Study Guide and print 2 copies - one to turn in at the beginning of class and one to use during class)


Link to Course Outline

On the top of this page, File - Send - Shortcut to desktop


WebCT setup

  1. Log on to WebCT6

  2. Click “My Settings” in the upper right portion of the screen.

  3. Select “My profile” tab and edit the profile to include the email address you actually check.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Now click on “My Tool Option” tab and scroll to the Mail portion of the screen.

  6. Select the box “Forward all mail messages to the e-mail address in my profile.” 

  7. Click Save.

Due Wednesday, Jan. 10

Chapter 1 Study Guide completed - bring 2 copies to class

Note:  This will be the same procedure for each chapter.  This will be the only time a specific due date will be mentioned.


Early recording devices

Edison phonograph



Week 2  (Jan. 15-19)


I Walk the Line

Chapter 2:  American Musical Theater

Chapter 2 Study Guide



Chapter 3:  African Origins and Acculturation in the New World

Chapter 3 Study Guide

Multilinear rhythms

Black key improvisations


Check dates for required concert

(See Concert Dates button above)


Music Man

West Side Story  47:40


Black Minstrelsy 1830-1852



Week 3  (Jan. 22-26)

Chapter 4:  Early Commercialization of African-American Music

Chapter 4 Study Guide


Chapter 5:  American Blues Traditions

Chapter 5 Study Guide


Chapter 6:  Jazz in New Orleans and Chicago

Chapter 6 Study Guide



12-bar Blues Form



Beginning of Jazz

Bessie Smith St. Louis Blues

Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

New Orleans Jazz


Additional assignment:  Write words for a blues song in 12-bar form 


Week 4  (Jan. 29-Feb. 2)

Chapter 7:  Jazz Pioneers in Chicago

Chapter 7 Study Guide


Chapter 8:  Big Bands and the Swing Years

Chapter 8 Study Guide




The Formation of Jazz


Chicago Blues

Louis Armstrong

Swing Kids


Unit 1 Exam Review Sheet


Unit 1 Practice Test


Week 5  (Feb. 5-9)

Chapter 9:  Popular Styles in Jazz Since the Swing Era

Chapter 9 Study Guide

Unit 1 Test Review

Unit 1 Test over Chapters 1-9

Chapter 10:  The Folk Origins of Country Music

Chapter 10 Study Guide




Times Ain't What They Used to Be #4

Week 6  (Feb. 12-16)

Chapter 11:  Early Commercialization of Country Music

Chapter 11 Study Guide


Chapter 12:  Country Meets Western

Chapter 12 Study Guide

No class on Friday, February 16


HeeHaw video clip - The Cornfield


Essay Guidelines and Grading Criteria 


Sample Concert Review Essay


What Did They Say?

Week 7  (Feb. 19-23)

Chapter 13:  Nashville Becomes Music City, U.S.A.

Chapter 13 Study Guide


Have you heard about the new Atkins diet?

The CHET Atkins diet--

you just pick at your food.


Chapter 14:  From Bluegrass to Young Country

Chapter 14 Study Guide

Unit 2 Test Review

Do-It-Yourself Country Music Songkit


Unit 2 Exam Review Sheet


Unit 2 Practice Test

Week 8  (Feb. 26-Mar 2)

Unit 2 Test over Chapters 10-14


Chapter 15:  The Origins and Development of Early Rock

Chapter 15 Study Guide





Week 9  (Mar. 5-9)

Chapter 16:  Fifties Pop and Folk Rock

Chapter 16 Study Guide


Chapter 17:  The British Invasion

Chapter 17 Study Guide

The Beatles (Fun with the Fab 4, 1st chapter)

British Invasion (Ed Sullivan #9, vol.2, 1 & 2)

The Animals (H)


TBA      TSU Jazz Festival Concert





Week 10  (Mar. 19-23)

Chapter 18:  Psychedelic Rock and Roots Revivalists

Chapter 18 Study Guide


Chapter 19:  Gospel, Soul, and Motown

Chapter 19 Study Guide




Woodstock A & B

Janis Joplin

Jimi Hendrix

Joan Baez

The Who

Thomas A. Dorsey

Jackson 5


Week 11  (Mar. 26-30) 

Chapter 20:  From Progressive Rock to Reggae in the 70's

Chapter 20 Study Guide


Chapter 21:  Hard and Soft Rock in the 70's

Chapter 21 Study Guide

The Carpenters (ES)

BJ Thomas (ES)

Young Frankenstein

Week 12  (Apr. 2-6) 

Chapter 22:  New Heights and High Tech in the 80's

Chapter 22 Study Guide


Chapter 23:  Many Sounds from Many Places in the 90's

Chapter 23 Study Guide

Unit 3 Exam Review Sheet


Unit 3 Practice Test



Week 13  (Apr. 9-13)

Unit 3 Test over Chapters 15-23

Oral Reports

(Click here for assignment guidelines and grading rubric)

100 Greatest Rock Songs (VH1)

100 Greatest Pop Songs

Top 10 Best Selling Singles


Week 14  (Apr. 16-20)

Oral Reports

Order of Presentations

Week 15  (Apr. 23-25)

Oral Reports






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