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American Roots:
Folk Music and Identity in the United States

MTF 150 (FY1), Spring 2012

Instructor:  Dr. Rachel Hall
Saint Joseph’s University



 

Welcome to the class web site for the American Roots First Year Seminar!

SCHEDULE WITH DUE DATES

 

Course materials

 

Research resources

  • Drexel Library at SJU.  My Child Ballad books are on reserve (ask at the front desk), and there are other books on the shelves that you may find useful.
  • Audio and video (includes some field recordings)

The Library of Congress American Memory.  Search for free audio recordings, song sheets, and oral histories.

Smithsonian Folkways.  Record label associated with the Smithsonian Institution.  You can listen to short samples of tracks from more than 2000 folk albums and buy tracks for $0.99.

Archival Sound Recordings of the British Library.  This might come in handy if you’re studying a song with English roots.  They also have world music.

folkstreams.net.  Hours and hours of free, streaming documentaries about American folk music and culture!

Alan Lomax Archive.  Many field recordings with video made by Alan Lomax.

Association for Cultural Equity.  Field recordings made by Alan Lomax.

·      Online sources for facsimiles

Traditional music library.  Rare and out of print books in online versions.  Includes an online version of Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians.

English Broadside Ballad Archive.  Facsimiles of seventeenth century ballads.

·      Documentaries and podcasts

folkstreams.net.  Hours and hours of free, streaming documentaries about American folk music and culture!

Folkways Collection.  Free podcasts on various topics from Smithsonian Folkways.

American Routes.  Roots music radio program with lots of musician interviews (try browsing their archives by artist).  Broadcasts are free and streaming.

 

Writing help

  • Describing music.  Some useful musical terms.
  • SJU Writing Center.  Help with all writing projects, large and small!
  • Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide.  Summarizes the Chicago bibliographic format for books, articles, web sites, etc.  You need to make a separate list for audio recordings.  Here’s some more information from Williams College on citing audio and other media.  A bibliographic reference should look something like  “Dylan, Bob.  The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.  Columbia 8786.”

 

Calendars

  • Google calendar for this course, including some of the many concerts and participatory roots music events in the Philly area.
  • Philadelphia Folksong Society.  The most comprehensive Philly folk events calendar. Note that many events are listed only a few weeks in advance.
  • Phillydance Seven Day Guide.  Listing of folk, social, and traditional participatory dancing in the Philly area. Note that many events are listed only a few weeks in advance.
  • Open Mic list.

 

Venues

 

 

 


 

Dr. Rachel W. Hall / Department of Mathematics / Saint Joseph's University / rhall@sju.edu