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The mix of population in the USA is reflected in its music. Musicians born in the USA be they composers or performers will lead us into many different musical genres. Classical music is represented by composers and opera singers. There are also compositions born in the USA created by non-Americans seeking a better life such as Dvorak and Rachmaninoff.  Country music is characterised by its ballads and honky-tonk and Broadway by its musicals.  Finally, African American music is represented by Spirituals, Blues, Ragtime and Jazz. Get ready for a Short Ride in a Fast Machine.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Classical music: Composers both American and non-American. Singers, Conductors.
  • Country: origins, Nashville, Marty Robbins, John Denver and others
  • Broadway: its history, big names and big shows.
  • African American: its history, Scott Joplin and Ragtime, New Orleans and Jazz


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the history of African American music.
  2. Name six American singers.
  3. Appreciate the role of New Orleans in the development of jazz.

Virginia McGill

BMus (Hons), PhD
Dr Virginia McGill, B.Mus (Hons), PhD, studied music at UNSW. The subject of her doctorate was opera but her musical interests are very broad. Her teaching experience is considerable. Virginia has...