Applied Popular Theory II

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 1276
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
New Westminster

Overview

Course Description
This course furthers the student's understanding of the theory of popular music, and its practical application for the modern day musician. The student will be exposed to the central concepts and practices found in a wide variety of popular styles of music. The course will focus on popular music from the late 1960s to modern day. Exercises and assignments will include analysis and composition within selected styles.
Course Content
  1. Harmonic Practices:
  • More Pop (diatonic / chromatic)
  • Blues / Rock (modal / tonal)
  • Ostinato techniques
  • Form: 
    • 32-bar form
    • Blues forms
    • Ostinato forms
    • Sections:
      • Intro, bridge, coda, etc.
      • Turnarounds, transitions, etc.
  • Textural considerations:
    • Vocals
    • Rhythm section
    • Keys / pads
    • Horns
    • Other
  • Analysis:
    • Written analysis of selected repertoire
    • Aural analysis of selected repertoire
  • Other topics:
    • Scoring for small ensembles
    • More instrumentation
    • Basic orchestration
    • Chord voicing
  • Selected repertoire from these areas:
    • Pop / rock
    • Psychadelic
    • Metal
    • Disco
    • Punk / new wave
    • Synth pop
    • Rap / hip hop
    • Grunge
    • Electronic dance music (EDM)
    Methods Of Instruction

    Lecture and practical demonstration

    Means of Assessment

    Quizzes (minimum of 4)

    20%
    Assignments (minimum of 2) 30%
    Midterm exam 20%
    Final exam 20%
    In-class work (presentations, demonstrations, participation)  10%
    Total 100%

    Learning Outcomes

    MUSC 1276 continues to develop the concepts and practices introduced in MUSC 1176.  At the end of the course, the successful student wil be able to:

    1. Understand and apply the core theoretical concepts of pop music used to create characteristic pop sounds.
    2. Create more complex charts, scores and parts.
    3. Gain valuable insight into the idiomatic practices of popular music.
    4. Compose short examples within various contexts.
    Textbook Materials

    The instructor may assign a textbook such as:

    Harrison, Mark. Contemporary Music Theory - Level One: A Complete Harmony and Theory Method for the Pop and Jazz Musician, Hal Leonard, current edition.

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    MUSC 1176 or permission of the instructor

    Corequisites

    None

    Equivalencies

    None

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX HUMN 1XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 2XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Langara College (LANG) LANG ARTS 1XXX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit 2017/01/01 to -
    Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit 2017/01/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = SFU CA 142 (3) & SFU CA 249 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = SFU CA 142 (3) & SFU CA 149 (3) 2016/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 100 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    University Canada West (UCW) No credit 2017/01/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MUSC 1st (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = UBCO MUSC 103 (3) & UBCO MUSC 115 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2017/01/01 to -
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2017/01/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1.5) 2017/01/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.