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MUSC2695: Popular Music Theory

2024 unit information

The culmination of the Fundamentals of Music series, this unit of study is an exploration of musical language used in contemporary popular, film and world music repertoire from ca. 1960 to the present. The focus is on compositional techniques, analytical tools and workflow that relates to contemporary music practitioners. Lectures will examine the given topic for that week with references to examples drawn from a list of repertoire for that topic. These examples will be discussed further in the written tutorials and supported by weekly homework. An important outcome of this unit of study is the final assignment, in which students apply the knowledge accrued over the semester in an original composition, which they also analyse. Aural Tutorials will draw on these topics to develop skills relating to the student's ability to perceive and interpret musical elements and procedures.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Analysis, History and Cultural Studies

Code MUSC2695
Academic unit Analysis, History and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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MUSC1503 or MUSC1504 or MUSC1501 or MUSC2693 or MCGY1008 or JAZZ1621 or JAZZ1019
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. Understand differences between traditional music theory and the harmonic language of popular music
  • LO2. Recognise and contextualise the harmonic and rhythmic mechanics of different popular genres/styles
  • LO3. Present and interpret score/chart-based music using traditional notation, chord symbols, and performance markings
  • LO4. Perform rhythm and melody dictation, sight singing, interval and triad recognition, and recognise tonality
  • LO5. Use the elements of music to create a meaningful commentary on popular music

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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