Program Details

Music Americana: The Music of Modern Times

Rod MacDonald
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

From the hip classics of West Side Story to the romantic teens of Motown; from the profound ramblings of Arlo to the insights of Sondheim; from the laid-back Jackson Brown to the spectaculars of Bocell and Shakira, songwriters, musicians and singers tell our story in song. This series will examine the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these musical artists, with videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances, and a few surprises.


  1. The Wisdom: Leonard Bernstein, Arlo Guthrie
  2. The Motown Women: The Marvelettes, Supremes, Martha & Gladys
  3. The Wordsmiths: Stephen Sondheim, Jackson Brown
  4. The Next Wave: Andrea Bocelli, Shakira

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 13 solo albums, including his 2020 cd Boulevard, which made the top ten on national folk music charts. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include "The Birth of Rock & Roll," "The Great American Songbook," and "Mastery of the Art."

    Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

Upcoming programs presented by Rod MacDonald.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart
4wk F343B Rod MacDonald Music Americana: Roots & Acoustic Music
Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17; December 1: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm