Theory and Analysis of Rock Music

TH 481 (Cross-listed for noncredit as WKS 481)
Theory and Analysis of Rock Music

As of June 24, 2021, this course has closed. We are no longer accepting registrations.

June 28-August 6, 2021 / weekly synchronous classes to be scheduled with students
Online course

David Temperley

A survey of rock music (broadly defined to cover a range of late-20th and early-21st century popular styles) from a theoretical/analytical perspective. Topics include key/scale, harmony, rhythm/meter, phrase structure, timbre/instrumentation, and form. General principles will be applied in the analysis of specific songs. There will be one synchronous class meeting each week; other activities will be asynchronous. The course is open to graduate students, and to undergraduates with a strong background in music theory. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Please note: Undergraduates and all students not matriculated at Eastman must obtain instructor permission before registering; this applies to both the noncredit and for-credit versions of the course. Contact Professor Temperley at before applying. 

$5,370 / 3 credits     TH 481-3
$900 / noncredit     WKS 481-3    

“I had an excellent experience in TH 481 Theory and Analysis of Rock Music. Dr. Temperley was a great teacher and I learned a lot.” — 2019 student