One essay on a topic of your choice, 7-9 pages. 2 in-class listening/essay tests questions will be derived from the course lectures and listening assignments, and will ask you to draw on the readings. To develop critical perspectives on north american popular music early 19th c origin of popular music. ; literary/musicological (in terms of texts and musical sound) Popular music: beautiful organization of sounds (melodic, rhythmic, harmonic) dictionary. Mass consumption; accessibility to audiences; mass-mediation (can be popular music without being popular") Folk-music vs. popular music: serves a different purpose (folk is generally more geared toward traditional, oral, face-to-face transmission as opposed to mass mediation) Classical music vs. popular music: classical music as understood to be emphasizing traditional music notation, literacy, etc. No textbook, all readings online under course documents. Take a step away from: taste in (choices of) music as marker of individualism and identity.