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MUS 132 B - Popular Music Studies

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Courses within this rubric provide an analytical and historical introduction to genres of popular music from the United States and around the world. Iterations of the course may focus on a specific genre, such as Rock, Reggae, or Afropop, or may deal with broader subjects, such as the continua of styles including R&B, Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop, or the pan-generic, international phenomenon of pop music globalization in the twentieth century.

Special Instructions:

This course is intended to develop your understanding of the history and aesthetics of Rock music, from the 1940s to the present, focusing on critical listening and critical making. In the course of an 8-week summer term you will have the opportunity to get to know the basic forms of rock songwriting, develop knowledge of the ways musicians and sound engineers collaborate to create recordings, learn the general history of rock music and its importance to musicians, and read and write rock criticism.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3 hr

Term(s): Summer


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