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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS1006 Module Title: POPULAR MUSIC HARMONY
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU1.POPHARM
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HUGHES TS Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Run once, throughout the academic year

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
(100% of total assessment)
Qualifying Conditions
  • A portfolio of analytical assignments, including individual and group assignments, from throughout the term (30%)
  • A portfolio of compositional assignments, including individual and group assignments, from throughout the term (30%)
  • A final project combining analytical and compositional elements (40%)

Module Overview

Module Aims
To instil the principles of harmony relevant across a range of popular music genres.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Create adequate pastiches of the main styles of popular music in terms of harmony, texture and form;
  • Adequately incorporate harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of popular songs into different styles
  • Formally parse and functionally analyse the harmony of basic examples of music
  • Aurally recognize and identify primary and secondary musical characteristics of examples drawn from a range of popular music styles
Module Content
This module covers the main principles of popular music harmony and the ways in which harmony and melody are used within recursive popular music structures. The module balances a combination of theoretical, musicological, and compositional work.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
20 one-hour lectures and supporting tutorials.
The lectures will include theoretical, historical, and practical demonstrations of harmonic theory. Students will be expected to complete weekly aural, written, and/or compositional tasks.
Selected Texts/Journals

Moore A, 2002: Rock: The Primary Text (Aldershot: Ashgate)

Starr L and Waterman C, 2003: American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV (Oxford)
Other reading will be indicated during the course of this module
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