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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Essays: Two response writings, each 2-3 pages  What is this piece?  Say something about its musical sound/structure One essay on a topic of your choice, 7-9 pages  Point of course is to cultivate a critical view of music as a social, cultural, historical phenomenon, not to develop your own opinion  cite all sources in text and provide bibliography at end with full bibliographic citations  printed, double spaced Midterm/Final: 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 Course Objectives th To develop critical perspectives on North American popular music  early 19 C origin of popular music Historical, Sociological etc.; 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. Lizard-Skin Barbie Metaphor or allegory for our time? Why should we care about music? Music as a social power No textbook, all readings online under Course Documents First important step in developing critical understandings is to take a step away from one’s own taste or choice in music – not about what you like or don’t like  once you start to ‘dislike’ music, you begin to lose the ability to learn and appreciate why others would like it Take a step away from: taste in (choices of) music as marker of individualism and identity  Paradox: our tastes are a marker of individualism/identity, yet it’s always in terms of others  Industrial cultivation of choice  history of the love song’s slow rise to dominance Example: Nickelback – How You Re
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