Analyzing Pop Music

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

How can music analysis inform the way we understand, listen to, and write about popular music? This course introduces tools and methods for studying the features, technologies, and compositional styles of post-2000 popular music. Weekly readings will address issues of form, rhythm & meter, instrumental and vocal timbre, computer-assisted analysis, vocal performance, and music videos. An ever-present concern of the class will be the ways in which these analytical tools and methods interact with issues of race, gender, and sexuality. The repertoire under study in the readings will focus on American popular music broadly construed, including Taylor Swift, Mitski, SZA, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna. In weekly assignments, students will experiment with analytical tools to provide critical insights on the music of their choice. 

 

Additional Information:
Faculty: TBA
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm
MUSIC 159R