This course explores the development of North American, British and non-western popular music. Lectures investigate key historical periods and genres which define the popular idiom in the west, such as blues, jazz, country, rock n' roll, folk, rap, and electronica, as well as popular idioms from beyond the western world. Changes in technology, economics and demographics will be discussed, as will links between popular music and the prevailing social conditions of each period.
This course will require you to be online for live lectures at the scheduled time. There will also be some pre-recorded lectures. Class recordings will be available until the end of the exam period. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.
Antirequisite: RTA 905 (formerly BDC 935)