American Music 1775-1850: from the Revolution to the Gold Rush | Newberry

American Music 1775-1850: from the Revolution to the Gold Rush

Led by Andrew Schultze.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Four sessions. Tuesdays, October 26-November 16.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

This seminar traces the development of American music from the American Revolution to the admission of California to the Union. We will explore the influence of English and European music, as well as French, Spanish, Native American, and African American cultural influences, tracing how an American musical style emerged and gained global popularity. Each session will include lecture, listening and discussion components.

Four sessions. Registration – $170

Andrew Schultze is a musical performer, teacher, and researcher who has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University, and Columbia College. He has presented seminars and musical programs for the Newberry, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Early Music America

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment..

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.