Postgraduate Course: Making sense of popular music (MUSI11050)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to introduce the field of popular music studies and new directions in popular music research through discussion-driven seminars focusing on selected readings. It also situates the study of popular music in relationship to the filed of musicololgy and examines how this has changed in recent decades.
Topics covered in the course will change from year to year in according with developments in the field and student interests, but may include:
1. What is popular music and popular music studies?
2. What is the history of popular music?
3. Who makes popular music?
4. Who sells popular music?
5. Who listens to popular music?
6. What is a popular music instrument?
7. How do we analyze popular music?
8. What are the politics of popular music?
9. Is popular music just a matter of taste?
10. What is the future of popular music?
The course will provide an overview of the main trends in musicology in the last 30 years. Thus a range of recent theoretical work by prominent scholars associated with a variety of critical viewpoints in contemporary musicology will be discussed.
Issues addressed will normally include: popular culture, the body, race, gender, sexuality, and the relationship of musicology to other approaches to music. Classes will normally take place weekly, and will comprise staff- and student-led seminars organised around set readings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative assessment is provided with the 1,500 word essay worth 25% of total course mark.
Summative assessment is provided with the long essay of 3,500 words, worth 75% of total course mark.
||All students will submit a formative essay mid-way through the semester. Written feedback on this assignment will be provided within 15 working days of the hand-in date.
Students will receive oral feedback during class and on request by appointment.
Students will receive written feedback on their final essay within 15 working days of submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of key theories, principles, and concepts in the field of popular music studies.
- Critically review the relationship between various approaches (e.g. sociology, musicology, cultural studies) to popular music research.
- Plan and execute a significant analysis of a specialist topic within the study of popular music.
- Communicate key concepts and debates within popular music studies with peers and senior colleagues.
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in the development of their analysis of popular music.
Beard, D. and Gloag, K. 2005. Musicology: the key concepts. London: Routledge.
Bennett, Andy, and Barry Shank and Jason Toynbee (eds). 2006. The Popular Music Studies Reader, edited by, London: Routledge.
Clayton, Martin et al (ed). 2003. The Cultural Study of Music. London: Routledge.
Frith, Simon. 1996. Performing Rites. On the Value of Popular Music. Oxford: OUP.
Frith, Simon. 2007, Taking Popular Music Seriously, Aldershot: Ashgate.
Horner, Bruce and Thomas Swiss, 1999, Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture. Oxford: Blackwell.
Longhurst, Brian. 2007. Popular Music and Society. Cambridge: Polity.
Negus, Keith. 1996. Popular Music in Theory. Cambridge: Polity.
Toynbee, Jason. 2000. Making Popular Music: Musicians, Creativity and Institutions. London: Arnold.
Wall, Tim. 2003. Studying Popular Music Culture. London: Hodder Arnold.
Journal of Popular Music Studies
Popular Music and Society
Music Week [this is a business digest of developments in the music industry]
Scottish Music Review
Journal of the Art of Record Production
Music and Arts in Action
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||popular music,Sociology of music,Musicology,Popular culture
|Course organiser||Dr Tom Western
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740