Survey and Application of Popular Song Styles

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This course provides an overview of the contributions that songwriters have made to 20th-century American culture, analyze historical songwriting and production styles, determine characteristics of periods and genres, and apply them to new original works through songwriting assignments. Included will be the sources of, and trends in, various popular American styles, including spirituals, blues, jazz standards, show tunes, country, rock, R&B, soul, reggae, folk, and hip-hop. This course will use the basic analytical tools taught in SW-221 and SW-211 to study, analyze and apply significant popular songs and song styles.

SW-211 and SW-221
Required Of
SONG majors
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Contemporary Writing and Production
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Chair
Bonnie Hayes
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