MUSICOL-123-Syllabus - University of Michigan Fall 2011...

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University of Michigan Fall 2011 Musicology 123 Introduction to Popular Music Class Meetings MWF 11am–12pm, MLB Auditorium 4 (plus one discussion section each week) Instructor Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) Prof. Charles Hiroshi Garrett Office: 500 Burton Memorial Tower [email protected] Rebecca Fülöp [email protected] Office Hours Meredith Juergens 800 Burton Memorial Tower [email protected] Wednesdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm Aja Wood or by appointment [email protected] Musicology 123 offers a broad survey of 20 th -century popular music, exploring a diverse set of genres from the Tin Pan Alley era to the present. The course places the musical conventions, significant performers, and aesthetic shifts that mark the history of popular music in social, cultural, technological, and musical context. Designed to develop listening and analytical skills, the course aims to help students understand, describe, interpret, and write about popular music. Required Course Materials Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman, American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2010), which includes a 2-CD set of popular music. The textbook is available at Ulrich’s, 549 East University Ave. (734-662-3201). The i>clicker Audience Response System (clickers) will be used regularly in this class (see below). i>clicker devices are available for purchase from the Computer Showcase in the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons. The cost for a new i>clicker is $32. Used i>clickers are available at a lower price while supplies last. For this class you must purchase a clicker device. Personal devices with the web-clicker subscription may not be used in this class. The course website ( ) contains many additional required listening materials (streaming audio) and additional required readings in the form of PDF files. Course Requirements 1. Three lectures/week: MWF, 11am-12pm, MLB Auditorium 4. You are responsible for all material covered in lectures, which will include information not covered in the textbooks. 2. One small-group discussion section per week with your Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). 3. Daily reading and listening assignments as outlined below. To prepare adequately for the exams, it is vital to keep up with the listening assignments. 4. In-class responses/quizzes that address assigned course material. These will be held during lecture periods; dates will not be announced in advance. 5. Three exams that include several types of questions: multiple-choice, short answer, and listening identification. The exams are not cumulative. No makeup exams will be given (except in the case of a documented medical emergency), so plan your schedule accordingly.
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6. Two papers, each 4–5 pages long (1200–1500 words). Complete requirements for each paper will be discussed further in class and posted on the course website. You will be asked to write two separate papers chosen from the following four topics: a) Concert report (musical analysis/review and ethnographic report)
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