The Banjo: From Boone to Beyond

Instructor: 
Mark Freed
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 11:00 – 12:15
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2012
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
118

This course will explore the complicated and colorful roots of the iconic American stringed instrument. The class will explore the history of the banjo, from its African ancestors, to early American gourd banjos, to early minstrel-era banjos, and modern framed banjos. Students will learn about playing styles through in-class presentations, hands-on opportunities, and out-of-class experiences at community jam sessions. Armed with this knowledge, and a few lessons on how to better utilize the library, in particular the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, students will form groups and help chip away at the unresolved banjo scholarship regarding the mysterious roots of the mountain-style banjo and figuring out how exactly the instrument made it into different areas in Appalachia. We will discover how the banjo ties our community with the world beyond, and we might just discover some good music on the way!

 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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