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MUSC 2150- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 176 pages long!)


Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 2150
Professor
Shannon Carter
Study Guide
Final

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U of G
MUSC 2150
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Music Unit 1
Assigned readings from the text, publisher website, listening to songs
Objectives
By the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. Identify common pitfalls for the student of popular music.
2. Identify four broad angles of inquiry that will recur in each chapter of the book.
3. Identify the component parts of the “popularity arc.”
4. Define the following musical elements:
a. Instrumentation
b. Bar/Measure
c. Beat
d. Rhythm
e. Meter
f. Simple and Compound Meter
g. Duple, Triple, and Quadruple Meter
h. The 12-Bar Blues
i. Phrase
j. The Doo-Wop Progression
k. Timbre
l. Simple Verse Form
m. AABA Form
n. Simple Verse-Chorus Form
o. Contrasting Verse-Chorus Form
5. Distinguish aurally each of the above elements as they operate in song.
6. Understand the usual musical roles of the instruments most common to rock.
7. Identify the following recording techniques and differentiate them aurally in a song:
a. Reverb
b. Echo
c. Equalization
d. Stereo Placement
e. Mixing
8. Identify common venues for viewing rock acts over the course of its history
We need to understand the songs historical context to fully understand the song
The meaning of songs can change over time, as the historical context surrounding it
changes
Listening Activity 1
Single Verse Form songs which feature only a repeated verse are in a simple verse form
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Instrumental-version a remixed song which lacks the vocal tracks
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