Founded in 1998, the Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:
• Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research
• Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires
• Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory
On our Humanities Commons site, we rely on our members to help edit this resource — this cooperation will help continually improve the presence of popular music in our classrooms and scholarship. Many thanks!
- Osborn: Analyzing Popular Music (F2019) materials
Contains syllabus, bibliography, schedule, assignments, and repertoire list
- Acevedo - Music Technology Final Composition Project
For a music technology course project but has spec ideas if you wish to do something more techy.
- Acevedo - Theory IV Popular Song Composition Guidelines
Designed as part of a class that focuses on 20th/21st century styles and that included various previous composition projects.
- Acevedo - Pop progression Scavenger Hunt Assignment (Theory II)
Assignment for theory II (diatonic harmony) to find pop progressions and annotate with timestamps, lyrics, formal markings.
- Acevedo - Theory II Song Writing Final Project
Final project assignment for theory II (diatonic harmony) course.
- Hughes - The Analysis of Popular Music Since 1950 (2017 Syllabus and Schedule)
- Nobile Chord Loops Handout
- Nobile Verses and Choruses Handout
- Nobile Blues Progressions Handout
v shrt handout on blues progressions
- Fankhauser Chromatic Modulations in Pop Sample Lesson Plan
- Palfy NCT, RNs, Culture Sample Lesson Plan
- Nobile Analysis of Rock and Pop Syllabus
- Nobile Form in Rock Syllabus
- Palfy Rock History Syllabus
- Capuzzo Rock Analysis Syllabus
- Johnson Pop Analysis Syllabus
- Harrison Pop Form Syllabus
- Butler Undergrad. Pop Analysis Syllabus
- Butler Grad. Pop Analysis Syllabus
- Biamonte Popular Music Analysis Syllabus