New Course on the History of Hip-Hop Offered
Beginning in the fall 2017 semester, students across campus have the option to take a new course called That's the Joint: A History of Hip Hop Culture. Taught by Dr. Jordan Mroziak, the course fulfills the UCOR Theme Area of Creative Arts for non-music majors, alongside other options such as Enjoyment of Music or University Singers.
That's the Joint is not only designed to expose students to the genre, but it takes a much deeper look into other styles of music such as R&B, soul, disco, funk, and the talking blues, all of which had a direct impact on the style. Additionally, the course focuses on the sociocultural history of the mid-20th century, with specific emphasis on how the combination of all of these musical elements has evolved into an immensely influential popular music style of the post-modern world.
Mroziak has long had a deep interest in connecting music history with current practice. He notes, "Teaching popular music, whether rock, hip-hop, pop, or any other genre, breathes new life into the traditional offerings of music schools in higher education. Engaging students with music that they care about and are invested in demonstrates a positive model for arts education - relationships with students are cultivated on the grounds of artistically valid and culturally relevant music."
Encouraged by students' reactions to the course, Mroziak went on to say, "Students have voiced feeling respected, interested, and motivated to dig further into the art, history, philosophy, and culture."
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