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Instructor Name
Dr. Elizabeth Barkley, Dr. Robert Hartwell, and Professor Milissa Carey
Email Address
Course Type
Instructor Division
Fine Arts
Instructor Phone Number
(650) 949-7267
Division Fax Number
Office Location
Dr. Elizabeth Barkley (Room 1407), Dr. Robert Hartwell (Room 1406) and Professor Milissa Carey (Room 1707)
Mailing Address
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Course Description
This course is a comparative and integrative study of the multicultural music styles of the United States. It includes the musics of Native Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans, tracing the development of that music from its historical roots to its influence on contemporary American music. We discuss each group's unique history and experience in American culture and society and analyze each group's musical traditions from a technical and cultural perspective. Among the music styles we will study are spirituals, gospel, folk music, blues, jazz, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano, salsa, and rock and roll.
What Former Students Have Said of the Course
Students are kind enough to share many positive comments about this class, but in the interest of 'space,' I'll just share two:
Mayra S: "I liked everything about this class. Actually 5 of my friends are in your class this quarter, plus two are on the waiting list because I told them it was a great and fun/flexible class."
Shu Jiuan H: "Thank you a million for the awesome class!"
Recommended to International or ESL Students?
Basic computer and keyboarding skills, an email account, access to the internet, and basic browsing experience. As this class will be conducted via the World Wide Web, you must use a frames-capable browser such as the most recent versions of Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Internet Explorer, with JavaScript enabled.
Dates/Times for exams and meetings
There are no required meetings.
Instructor's Comment
This course is taught by an instructional team. Furthermore, all course sections access the same web site and materials. This course meets Foothill’s General Education Area 6/Multicultural Studies general education requirement, CSU’s Area C-1 Arts Requirement, UC Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement, and it is also on the IGETC California Higher Education Intersegmental Transfer List as part of the Area 3 Arts and Humanities Intersegmental Transfer Curriculum Agreement for credit at all participating California 2- and 4-year colleges. Furthermore, it has successfully met the multicultural/ethnic studies requirement at every 4-year institution for which students have submitted it so far.
Required Texts
Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (Barkley, Kendall Hunt and Great River Technologies, 2nd Edition), ISBN 978146528090.
This is a digital textbook, which is an integrated learning environment that includes both reading and laboratory assessments as well as listening examples provided through a 4-month subscription to, a digital music library. ( is available only in the U.S.; if you are taking this course outside of this country, contact Dr. Barkley prior to the end of Week 1 to discuss and evaluate your options.) Because the earlier printed textbook (Crossroads: The Musics of Multicultural America, 2007, published by Prentice Hall) is no longer acceptable for course articulation to other colleges and universities and it does not have the listening examples, lab, or assessments, it will not work as a substitute.

Purchasing Textbooks
A Digital Textbook Access Card/Code can be ordered in two ways: 1) through GreenRiver Webcom at (fastest and easiest) or 2) the Foothill Bookstore (best if you are on campus or need a physical access card).
Online Textbook Vendor Suggestions
Foothill Bookstore
Textbook on Reserve in the Library?
No (because it is a digital environment requiring individual student access)
Word Processing software
Web Browser
Course Schedule
All activities are available the first day of class and can be done on an accelerated schedule (ahead of deadlines) or on a schedule that consists of 4 deadlines distributed throughout the quarter.
Notice on Learning Disability-Related Accommodations
To obtain disability-related accommodations, students must contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early as possible in the quarter.

To contact DRC, you may:

If you already have an accommodation notification from DRC, please contact me privately to discuss your needs.
There is one online, open-resource quiz for each chapter.
Grades are determined on a "point accrual" basis, where the points you have accumulated at the end of the quarter will determine your grade. There are more points available than you need for an excellent grade, hence 'extra credit' opportunities are built in to the system.
This course and the digital textbook are organized into 4 Parts, with each Part subdivided into Chapters. Within each chapter, there are 7 learning activities available to students who have purchased and registered the textbook:

  1. Reflect: Reflect on what you already know about that chapter’s topic.
  2. Read: Read the series of pages that comprise the narrative portion of the chapter.
  3. Apply (Lab): Read the “Lab” and listen to the music examples on the chapter’s Rhapsody Playlist. Keep track of your answers to Lab questions that are on the bottom of each Lab PDF in order score high on the “Lab Quiz” assessment you will find in “5. Assess.”
  4. Review: Go through the flashcards to check your recall and understanding of basic vocabulary and concepts.
  5. Assess: Take the Chapter Quiz (includes reading and lab questions).
  6. Share: Post your response to the prompt for this chapter.
  7. Reflect: Reflect on what you learned in this chapter.
This summary is posted to provide you with a helpful and immediate preliminary overview of the course. Although I try to make it as accurate as possible, slight changes may be made to accommodate the specific quarter.