Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

MUS 127 - Survey of American Musical

Course Description

In this humanities elective, students study the evolution of musical theater through opera, operetta, minstrel shows and follies to the present. Emphasis is on the interrelationship of both theater and music techniques and styles.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Discriminate among several specific phases of musical drama.
Identify the differences between opera and American musicals.
Describe the contributions of at least 10 noted composers and 10 librettists.
Compare the evolutionary stages and roles of the various phases of music drama with the culture, society, economics and politics of each period.
Acknowledge the contributions of noted performers of American musical theater.
Interrelate all past considerations in the evolution of the musical as they may relate to current and future trends in the genre.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or test scores