Tag Archives: popular music

Critical Listening and Students: Popular Music and Form

In preparation for a musicology lecture this week, I began to think about the importance of students having an awareness of the general conventions in popular music. Factors such as an awareness of the commonality of eight bar sections (verses … Continue reading

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The Elements of Music: How can we use them to discuss ‘interest’ in a piece of music?

This post concerns the elements of music, and the ways in which they are prioritised to indoctrinate interest in a piece of music. How can we use the elements that for most are so familiar, to begin to analyse popular … Continue reading

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How Can We Think About Popular Music?

Another very very short segment – this time concerning the ways in which we can think about popular music analysis – more detail late!

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Why Was Popular Music so Slow to Emerge as an Academic Disciplin

Here are a few thoughts about why popular music was so slow to emerge as an academic discipline. It is a two minute lecture – see if you agree

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More Thoughts on the A Level Music Curriculum

I have spent much time over the last several years trying to think more deeply about some of the issues associated with the ways in which students are prepared for higher education music courses. The National Diploma awards which were … Continue reading

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Dancing with inter-disciplinarity: strategies and practices in higher education Dance, Drama and Music

Alongside two colleagues, I have just completed a report commissioned for the Higher Education Academy, which investigates the interdisciplinary relationship between dance, drama and music. The report was carried out by myself, Richard Hand (from USW) and Rea Dennis (from Deakin University … Continue reading

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Three Months With No Laptop: I am back

Well, this is about the longest I have gone without blogging. My new laptop broke down in early June – and has taken three months to be fixed. So – although I got my laptop back last week, I am … Continue reading

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