Summer School: Music

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You can see our music modules below.

Session One 

28 June - 16 July 2021

  • History of Popular Music Culture (Online)

    Module code: IS427

    This module provides a historical survey of popular music; designed to give you an overview of the main developments in pop, rock, and soul music. It will explore the emergence of these key genres, the main musicians associated with them, their historical context and, crucially, some of the scholarly discourses surrounding them. As well as developing your understanding of popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries, this module encourages you to develop skills in writing, critical thinking, research, the production of content and group work.

    You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience, working in groups to communicate your findings through the medium of podcasts, in the new music studio. The podcast will be in the style of a radio feature, and will ask students to analyse popular music, develop critical thinking and arguments about popular music informed by scholarly discourse.

    This is an introduction for students designed to give an overview of the key developments in pop, rock and soul music. It is open to all, students just need to have an open mind and an interest in popular music!

    The School of Media, Film and Music has established a Centre for Research and Performing Arts, working to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to connect current work and thinking in the creative and performing arts. The Centre is aligned with Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, an open space on campus for collaboration across the arts.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Analyse the discourse of popular music from a range of historical and scholarly texts
    • Describe and differentiate the main genres and styles in popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries
    • Develop arguments about popular music informed by scholarship
    • Communicate findings in the form of podcasts and essays.

    Teaching method: Lectures and workshops
    Assessment: 50% essay, 40% project, 10% report
    Contact hours: 40 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

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Which school will I study in?

You'll study in the Department of Music, which is part of the School of Media, Arts and Humanities.

You'll be inpsired by composers, performers and musicologists, celebrated for their work on contemporary music, film scores, popular music, opera and the live stage, and sound installations.

Our students are also producing high-quality productions.

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