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America's Musical Heritage

How has music shaped the story of the United States? Discover the answer in this survey of more than 200 years of unforgettable songs and styles from the catalog of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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f********m
January 12, 2020
it would have been nice if it had more on the music theory side as well, like the "23 great piano works" course.

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j********m
January 3, 2020
I am a musician myself and I was very excited when I saw this course introduced. The information provided was very good and most worthwhile. However, it was so short there was only the most cursory coverage of the each topic. The course could easily have been 24 or 36 lectures. It was like only providing a nibble at each of the areas of our musical heritage. For example the last two topics alone could easily have had an hour or two devoted to them rather than the 30 min. As an example from the last lecture, it would have been very good to provide musical examples of how the New Orleans Brass Band music influenced rock 'n roll through the piano playing of people like Allen Toussaint and Dr John and their predecessors, Professor Longhair, Meade Lux Lewis, and Albert Ammons. I could offer similar examples from almost every lecture. The course needs more time to develop the subject.

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t********m
December 29, 2019
Fun course. I learned a lot.

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