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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2019 Module Title: POPULAR SONG ANALYSIS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.PSA
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MOORE A Prof (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
  • Analytical essay  (1500)
  • Extended essay  (2000)
Module Overview
The purpose of this module is to explore the analysis of those musical domains pertinent to recorded popular song

Successfully pass Level 1; Ability to identify harmonic relations aurally

Module Aims

The principal aim of the module is to enable you to develop specific techniques for the analysis of recorded popular song and to exhibit those techniques in relation to specific repertory items.  The secondary aim is to lay the groundwork for the hermeneutic approach adopted in Rock Track Poetics, at HE3 


Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:  
  • Produce an analysis of any track falling within the repertory range of the module
  • Utilise both discursive and diagrammatic approaches where relevant
  • Offer alternative readings where pertinent
  • Demonstrate a self-reflective attitude towards your own learning
Module Content

A series of classes addressing, in turn, analysis of the musical domains which constitute the analysand, i.e. metre and rhythm, form and harmony, texture and the soundbox, the voice, melody and lyric.



Methods of Teaching/Learning

Informal lectures, listening sessions, brief student presentations

Selected Texts/Journals
Compulsory Reading:
Moore, Allan F., (forthcoming): Song Means (under contract to Ashgate - pre-publication draft temporarily available on ULearn)

Recommended Reading:
Everett, Walter, 2009: The foundations of rock (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Tagg, Philip, 2009: Everyday tonality (New York NY: MMMSP)


Moore, Allan F. (ed), 2003: Analyzing popular music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
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