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MUSC2654: Popular Music

2024 unit information

How did early American blues and country music develop in tandem How was punk different in the US, the UK and Australia What are the origins of the DJ culture This unit of study presents a thematic overview of a wide variety of styles, movements and spectacles. It examines major genres of popular music, their stylistic features and historical antecedents as well as modes of reception and the role of popular music in everyday life. No formal music training is necessary.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Students will learn and use very general key terms in the analysis of popular music.
  • LO2. Students will learn to listen to specific examples of recorded popular music and identify characteristic musical gestures of particular traditions of musical practice.
  • LO3. Students will use written and filmed historical materials and link these to their analysis of specific traditions of popular music.
  • LO4. Students will compare distinct, but related traditions of musical practice.
  • LO5. Students will produce their own historical and analytical writing of traditions of popular music.
  • LO6. Students will respond analytically to listening examples.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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