History of American Pop Music is designed to meet the graduation requirement in Fine Arts for those students who wish to take a non-performance course. Students will trace the history of American music from its earliest foundations in the folk traditions of European and African-American culture through our current, diverse and internationalized music culture. The history will be viewed in the context of the political, historical, demographic, cultural and technological forces at work in the modern and post-modern world. The course will encourage the development of qualitative and quantitative listening skills and will incorporate extensive use of recorded musical examples. Students are required to maintain an organized three-ring binder specifically for this course.