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This subject offers singers and non-singers alike the opportunity to share in the rich experience of singing as a community activity, whilst developing a deeper insight into how pop music is performed and what makes it powerful in our society. Weekly one-hour lectures will introduce a socio-political and historical overview of significant pop artists from 1950s to present day, offering a cultural perspective on their unique musical and vocal characteristics.
Through practice-based tutorials, students will apply the concepts explored in lectures and along with an introduction to basic music theory, will learn to sing well-known pop songs in a group setting. Online forum discussions will give students the opportunity to unpack assigned readings and reflect on the experience of learning to sing in a collaborative environment. Students will be assessed on group performances of the repertoire covered in tutorials.
A creative written assignment will give students the opportunity to undertake independent research and draw on their embodied knowledge of performing pop music to critically assess how pop music can be a powerful vehicle for change in our society. In this subject, theory and practice will be combined to deepen students’ understanding of pop music performance and its relevance in today’s society.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate safe voice use practices when singing (such as alignment, minimal bodily tension and singing in an appropriate range);
- describe stylistic characteristics and basic components of music theory (relevant to studying and learning to sing pop music);
- reflect on the experience of embodied learning (learning to sing) and explain some of these learnings through further reading and research;
- demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively through group singing contexts;
- critically assess a pop song within a social and political context.
Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
- show technical development as ensemble singers;
- participate with ability and self-confidence as a team member of a performing group;
- perform selected repertoire to concert standard;
- exhibit an informed respect for the values and principles of ensemble performance;
- demonstrate an improved awareness and understanding of the structure and importance of songs;
- demonstrate an improved awareness and understanding of the voice.
Last updated: 17 January 2020