(Formerly “Towards a Theory of Rock”)
Students in this course will collaborate with instructor to generate a set of grammatical “rules” for various rock genres. To do this, we will review existing theories and grammars of Western classical and other musics. We will investigate existing scholarly studies of rock. After that, much of the course will be student-directed with a strong orientation on individual research. Students will be asked to “test” theories through performance. The course will culminate in scholarly papers on research findings. Students must be musically literate, and have a working knowledge of harmony, counterpoint, analysis and/or Jazz theory.
Corequisite: Must participate in Music Workshop (Tuesday 6:30-8pm).