IN PERSON: This course will offer the wonderful story of American music and how it helped to shape and influence characteristics of the culture. Students will enjoy lectures, videos and discussions addressing each era and genre of music. We will also learn from guest speakers who are currently involved in carrying on several genres of historic and current music styles. Participants will discover the various influences that shaped all types of music from the pre-Colonial and antebellum periods to the Roaring '20s, big band, jazz and more recent rock 'n' roll eras. We will also cover hillbilly, country and bluegrass music. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.
Max enrollment: 40.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Billy Yeargin holds an M.A. in graduate liberal studies from Duke. Additionally, he has earned four degrees in European history, politics and society from Exeter College (University of Oxford, UK). He spent 17 years as a major market radio announcer/disc jockey, and six years as a Nashville-based studio drummer and road musician. This course has been taught a number of times at OLLI since 1995.