This course will introduce the student to a variety of concepts and practices, theoretical and applied, commonly found in many styles of popular music. The course will focus on popular music up to the mid-1960s. Exercises and assignments will include composing in a variety of styles and formats.
- Intervals, scales, keys
- Major-minor system
- Other scales
- Extended chords
- Other chords
- Chord Symbols
- Jazz / pop
- Roman numeral
- Other - Nashville, etc.
- Folk traditions (diatonic)
- Pop traditions (diatonic / chromatic)
Written and aural analysis of selected repertoire from the following song styles:
- Phrase constructions
- Refrain forms
- Sectional forms
- 12-bar Blues
- 16-bar folk songs
- Popular American 32-bar forms
- Writing charts for a small ensemble
- Basic instrumentation
Methods of Instruction
Lecture and practical demonstration
Means of Assessment
Quizzes (minimum of 4)
|Assignments (minimum of 2)
|In-class work (presentations, demonstrations, participation)
At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:
- Understand and apply the core theoretical concepts used to create the characteristic sounds in popular music.
- Compose short examples within various idioms.
- Create simple charts, scores and parts.
- Gain valuable insight into the idiomatic practices of popular music.
Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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