University of Michigan
Introduction to Popular Music
11am–12pm, MLB Auditorium 4
(plus one discussion section each week)
Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)
Prof. Charles Hiroshi Garrett
500 Burton Memorial Tower
800 Burton Memorial Tower
Wednesdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm
or by appointment
Musicology 123 offers a broad survey of 20
-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,
(Oxford University Press, 2010), which includes a 2-CD set of popular music.
textbook is available at Ulrich’s, 549 East University Ave. (734-662-3201).
Audience Response System (clickers) will be used regularly in this class (see
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
Personal devices with the web-clicker subscription may not be used in this class.
) contains many additional required listening
materials (streaming audio) and additional required readings in the form of PDF files.
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
The exams are
No makeup exams
will be given
(except in the case of a documented medical emergency), so plan your schedule accordingly.