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Rock Music in Academic Studies Musicology and "Serious Music" Aesthetic criteria include an intellectual aspect Cultural value is assumed as inherent Transcendant (meaningful to humanity; endures through time) Rock Music in Academic Studies HENCE - deserving of large amounts of state patronage SERIOUS = ART = CULTIVATED = Music in the tradition of Leonin, Perotin, Dufay, Des Prez, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Varése, Satie, Parch, Ives, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Copland, etc. Rock Music in Academic Studies Ethnomusicology: the study of music as culture Non-Western music Primarily folk & "tribal" music (paralleling anthropology) Art music of so-called Asian high cultures More recently, popular musics, including rock Rock Music in Academic Studies Ethnomusicology = "green" musicology (salvage & preserve traditions), but popular music is displacing traditional music in many cultures Studies of popular music in university curricula are often linked to ethnomusicology in a School of Music (i.e., next to Beethoven), or are situated in programs of cultural studies (i.e., at a safe distance from Beethoven) Rock Music in Academic Studies Performance practice is usually not taught: no Electric Guitar 101 at UT Prediction: performance practice will eventually be taught The Academic Path in Studying Music System, tradition, style, genre, form, practice, process Continuity and change: history Music as culture Music as a symbolic system: a constellation of meanings Social implications of music: gender, class, ethnicity, race and other identity groups
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What is Rock Music? Where does it begin and end ? Style: rhythm (the ROCK BEAT ) sub-genres: rockabilly, surf rock, schlock rock, hard rock, acid rock, heavy metal, punk rock, glam rock, alternative rock, grunge rock, geek rock, rap rock, thrash, shred, death metal, emo-punk, hardcore, grindcore, etc. Salient issues in rock music Class (economic & generational), race, gender, sexuality The music industry Media and technology, etc. The social spaces of rock (from mainstream to underground); Rock and politics: political activism Rock and morality: religion, charity Rock and deviance: sex, drugs, crime, etc. Rock and the world: globalization Themes and Streams Listening Music and Identity Music and Technology The Music Business Centers and Peripheries Listening Critical listening Listening that consciously seeks out meaning in music How music is put together Its cultural significance Its historical development Even nonmusicians have much more knowledge about music than they may realize: A chord that sounds “wrong” A note that is “out of tune” Or a singer who is “off key” Listening The point of analyzing rock music is not to ruin your enjoyment of it. You are encouraged to
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course MUS 307 taught by Professor Heflin during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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