Further information: Randall Ferguson: Military Music of the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars
Music of the Revolutionary War
Week 1: Military Fife and Drum music. The Drummer Boys—Beats and Signals, Boys in Battle.
Week 2: Songs of the Patriots and Loyalists. Folk Songs of Battles and Campaigns.
Week 3: Patriot and Loyalist Parodies & Songs of Those Back Home.
Week 4: Choral Music of the Revolution. New England Hymnody: Fuguing Tunes and Shaped Note Singing.
Music of the Civil War
Week 5: Military Fife and Drum Music. 40,000 Boy Musicians.
Week 6: Military Brass Bands. Civil War Era Brass Instruments; Brass Bands and the Music of the Union; Brass Bands of the Confederacy.
Week 7: Songs of the Soldiers: Songs of the CSA; Songs of the Union Army.
Week 8: Songs of the Soldiers: Parodies of CSA and Union songs; Parlor Songs of the Civil War; The Hutchinson Family Singers.
Class Discussions to be a part of each session. Topics to include:
In both the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, how did families cope with their children going off to war for months and even years?