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Popmuziek: Soundtrack of a Western Culture



Popular music is everywhere, in many different forms and genres. Varying from simple (four-chord) hitsongs to game changing activists’ anthems, popular music has provided us with a soundtrack that is strongly intertwined with modern society.

But there is more to the music than meets the ear. Many perspectives, ideologies and institutions have left their mark in the music and its history. Rooted in a strong industry, influenced by fast technological developments and embedded in youth- and subcultures, popular music is an exciting field.

This course is an introduction to the history, function and dynamics of popular music in the period from the 1950’s until now. It addresses the music, the industry and its impact on society, disclosing the key issues of the field.

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to gain insight into the development, practice and social value of popular music. Students are encouraged to be informed listeners that are able to link songs, artists and musical practice to theoretical perspectives; to formulate what function and value a popsong can have and to whom.

Data, tijden en lokatie

Semester 2, 2015-2016:

Maandagavonden van 19.45 tot 21.45 u.
Locatie: Lipsius 227

Eerste bijeenkomst: maandag 15 februari 2016
Laatste bijeenkomst: maandag 9 mei 2016

NB 1: Op maandag 22 februari 2016 is in een andere ruimte, namelijk Lipsius 028!
NB 2: geen bijeenkomst op maandag 28 maart 2016!

Locatie: Lipsius 227


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Voor andere vakken op het gebied van muziek en beeldende kunst, zie s.v.p.:
Keuzevakken muziek en beeldende kunsten