Popular Music Studies - 1st semester
The aims of the course Popular Music Studies are two-fold:
1. To expose the students to the main music genres, styles and musical phenomena associated to what we usually know as popular music.
2. To provide an overview of the main concepts, methodologies and research topics pertaining to the interdisciplinary field of Popular Music Studies.
By the term popular music we refer to those commercially produced and market-oriented music genres within the Western world.
Pedro Alexandre Amendoeira Mendes, Ricardo Miguel Bernardes Andrade
Weekly - 4
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Bennett, A., Shank, B. &
Toynbee, J. (Eds.) (2006). The
Frith, S. (2004). Popular Music. Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge.
Hesmondalgh, D. & Negus, K. (eds). (2002). Popular Music Studies. London: Arnold.
Moore, A. (Ed.) (2003). Analyzing Popular Music. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Shuker, R. (2001). Understanding Popular Music. New York: Routledge.
The course will include lectures and discussions as well as occasional creative or experimental in-class projects. Students will undertake a semester project and help direct discussion of one or more texts during the course.
The final grading will be the result of the joint evaluation of all the activities carried out during the course, with the following proportions:
1) Final project: 40%
2) Critical review: 30%
3) Class participation and continuous evaluation: 30%
Week 1: Introduction. Popular Music: Definitions and Research Issues. Week 2: Popular Muysic Histor(ies)y. Week 3: Form and Meaning in Popular Music. Week 4: The Music Industry. Week 5: The Business of Music. Week 6: Covers and Sampling. Week 7: Music & Copyright. Week 8: Music, Technology and the Mass Media. Week 9: Music and Identity (1): Performing Gender, Sexuality and Race. Week 10: The Politics of Popular Music. Week 11: Music and Identity (2): Performing Gender, Sexuality and Race. Week 12: Music Scenes, Reception and Audiences. Week 13: Mediation(s) and Authenticity. Week 14: Fame and Stardom. Weeks 15 e 16: Discussion of student´s research papers.
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