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An exploration of contemporary popular music styles from a range of genres, and their historical significance and wider contexts, including music for film and television, and the rise of music video.
The discipline of musicology explores the role of music in history, society, and culture. At its broads, it includes all genres of music, and includes varied approaches to history, as well as exploring intersection of music and other topics (such as social and political change, revolution, and colonisation).Topics covered in this course:Early Rock'n' RollMotownRace and popular music in the USAThe popular music industry: its history and modes of operationThe production, distribution, promotion and consumption of popular musicPopular music touring and its infrastructureThe British invasionCounterculture(s)PsychedeliaProgressive rockPunk and post-punkGlam and heavy metalDance music and rapFragmentation in popular musicMusic videos, fashion and their relationship with popular musicPopular music production and producersThe symbiotic relationship between music and recording technology and popular musicThe changing sociocultural status of popular musics
Students who pass this course will have developed:* A knowledge of topics in popular music including historical, historical groupings and schools, biographical, social, philosophical and technical aspects of popular music compositions, styles and the way the music industry grows and promotes popular music;* Music research techniques including use of music libraries and on-line databases;* Library research skills;* Literacy and tertiary study skills.
MUSA131 or 45 points from the BA Schedule
Students must attend one activity from each section.
WORKLOADStudent workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:* 24 hours attending lectures* 12 hours attending tutorials* 15 hours writing essay* 25 hours writing review assignment* 54 hours interview/research assignment* 20 hours preparing for listening test
Reuben de Lautour
and Justin DeHart
Use of TechnologyThis course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course. Your written work will be handwritten and submitted using standard word-processor software. The School of Music has iMacs you are able to use which have all standard software required for this course.You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools. LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials. For help using LEARN, refer to: http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=2157
The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:A+ 90–100; A 85–89; A- 80–84; B+ 75–79; B 70–74; B- 65–69; C+ 60–64; C 55–59; C- 50–54; D 40–49; E 0–39In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,600.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.