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MUSI 1530 Lecture 2: Sept. 20th Lecture

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MUSI 1530
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Ed Wilson

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MUSI 1530 Lecture Sept. 20th, 2017
Popular Music in America Introductory Perspectives
Popular Music Definitions:
- Music created with commercial success in mind
o Popularity measured in numbers how many albums sold, how many Number
One hits
- Can be compared with other styles that differ in intent as well as musical result
o Popular
o Classical
o Folk
- This definition is problematic because some music crosses the boundaries of genre
o “garage bands” which are similar to folk music
o Piano rags by Scott Joplin: “art” or “popular” music?
o The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- In broad terms, popular music can be used to indicate:
o Music that is mass-produced and disseminated via the mass media
o At various times has been listened to by large numbers of Americans, and
o Typically draws on a variety of pre-existing musical traditions
Critical Listening
- Listening that consciously sees out meaning in music
- How music is put together
- Its cultural significance
- Its historical development
- Even non-musicians have much more knowledge about music than they may realize:
o A chord that sounds “wrong”
o A note that is “out of tune”
o Or a singer who is “off key”
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MUSI 1530 Lecture Sept. 20 , 2017h Popular Music in America Introductory Perspectives Popular Music Definitions: - Music created with commercial success in mind o Popularity measured in numbers how many albums sold, how many Number One hits - Can be compared with other styles that differ in intent as well as musical result o Popular o Classical o Folk - This definition is problematic because some music crosses the boundaries of genre o garage bands which are similar to folk music o Piano rags by Scott Joplin: art or popular music? o The Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - In broad terms, popular music can be used to indicate: o Music that is mass-produced and disseminated via the mass media o At various times has been listened to by large numbers of Americans, and o Typically draws on a variety of pre-existing musical traditions Critical Listening - Listening that consciously sees out meaning in music - How music is put together - Its cultural significance - Its historical development - Even non-musicians have much more knowledge about music than they may realize: o A chord that sounds wrong o A note that is out of tune o Or a singer who is off key
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