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MUSC 532G Advanced Studies in Music History and Musicology - POP MUS AESTH

Research seminar on a core or emerging topic in music history or musicology. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits if different topics are covered.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
FullMUSC 532G 001Seminar2 Fri10:0012:30

Topic: Popular Music Analysis and Collaborative Aesthetics. It has been the norm in academic writing on music -- particularly in history and appreciation texts -- for singular specialist or "expert" writers to select the composers/performers/works to be studied, often with little concern for the popularity of such material by audiences of its time. This seminar flips this practice on its head, looking to analyze in considerable detail ten of the best-selling albums of all time.

Using David Huron's psychological theory of anticipation as an organizing framework, we will as a class dedicate each seminar to a particular album, with all students providing weekly presentations on specific songs. The end goal is to begin to understand the relationship between commercial and critical success, the nature of the music selected, and how taking seriously truly "popular" music can expand our horizons as theorists and commentators on musical practice.

Class will meet in Old Aud Ethno Seminar Room (206).