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Introduction to Popular Music

Learn About Western Pop

Study the development of Western popular musical styles such as blues, gospel, jazz, folk, country-and-western and rock-and-roll. The course examines the musical elements that define these common genres, how those elements have changed over time and how popular music has both reflected and influenced social change.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all interested students.

Course Outline (X-MUE 03)

Week 1 – The Beginnings of American Popular Music
Week 2 – The emergence of Black Music and Popular Song in the Modern Era
Week 3 – The Swing Era, Blues and Gospel come in from the outskirts
Week 4 – Country and Folk music come in from the outskirts
Week 5 – Early Musical Theatre, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues up to 1954
Week 6 – 1950s and 1960s Rock and Roll, and the Rock Revolution
Week 7 – Rock and R&B after 1970
Week 8 – Latin and Country Music in the 1970s
Week 9 – Electronica and Rap
Week 10 – Alternatives and Popular Music in the 21st Century

Course Schedule

April 28 to June 30, 2021
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm*

*A ten-minute break will be given during each lecture
Course will be offered virtually over the Zoom platform


Dr. John Brough

Dr. John Brough is an Edmonton-based conductor, singer, organist and music history lecturer. He is Adjunct Professor of musicology at Concordia University of Edmonton, and Manager of the School of Music. He has been teaching music history at post-secondary institutions for over twenty years, and brings a fresh and unique perspective on music history. Students enjoy his down to earth, and humorous approach to the music history. 

Additional Information

Format: Lecture
Pre-requisites: None
Total hours: 25 hours
Course code: X-MUE 03

Course Fee:
$450 + GST

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