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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 broadest, 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). This course offers an exploration of contemporary popular music styles from a range of genres, and their historical significance and wider contexts, and an appreciation of music in applied and collaborative situations such as music for film and television, and the rise of music video. Topics covered in this course include: • Race and Popular Music in the USA• The Popular Music Industry: Its history and modes of operation• Early Rock’n’Roll• Motown• The “British Invasion”• Counterculture(s)• Psychedelia and Progressive Rock• Punk and Post-Punk• Hip Hop• EDM• Indie and Alternative Rock• Globalisation and localisation • Music videos, fashion and their relationship with popular music• Popular music production and producers• The relationship between popular music and recording and music technologies• The changing sociocultural status of popular musics
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
MUSA131, or60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the MusB orSchedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Two, one-hour lectures One, one-hour tutorial per week
Reuben de Lautour
and Justin DeHart
Domestic fee $867.00
International fee $4,000.00
* 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.