Today, the broad variety of music the professional musician is likely to encounter requires an awareness and practical familiarity with a wide range of popular music genre conventions and contemporary approaches to rhythm. This course provides students with a range of expressive tools that allow them to confidently engage with popular music genres and rhythms. In this unit students will undertake intensive rhythmic awareness training and limited group tuition on one musical instrument (student to provide). They will be guided in playing the instrument in an ensemble, and will participate in ensemble performances. Through seminar-style workshops of selected covers, they will begin to develop a broad understanding of popular music rhythms, instrumentation, ensembles, and musical structures, thus enhancing their knowledge of recorded popular music history and its extensive and diverse musical genres.
1 x 2hr workshop/week
1 x 1000wd song analysis essay (30%), 1 x recital and written performance notes (40%), overall class participation (30%)