Theory and Analysis of Rock Music – ONLINE

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

UPDATE (January 25, 2022): This course has been cancelled and will not be offered in Summer 2022.

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.