In this eight-day course, delving into subjects such as songwriting and harmonisation, you'll learn the theory and history of popular music, as well how different musical styles are constructed. You won't need any experience in writing or playing music to take this course – just an interest in popular music.
About the course
A foundation-level module in the practice, theory and history of popular music, this course covers:
melodic writing and harmonisation of melodies
performance and improvisation
free and pastiche composition
popular music history and genres.
We'll look at case studies to understand how different musical styles are constructed – and you'll also have the opportunity to work with students of Music Access/ SUM0043 (composers and performers) and Music Business & Arts Management/SUM0046 (to evaluate the roles of administrators, promoters, agents and managers within the music business).
The course serves as a refresher in a range of musical areas or as a precursor to undergraduate study in music.
Join us on a degree course
Want to take your knowledge even further? If you pass this course – and have a conditional offer to join Middlesex University – then you'll be guaranteed a place on the first year of the Popular Music Degree, BA Honours.
Every summer, we open our doors to students and independent learners from the UK and across the world, inviting you to choose from our range of courses, with options from introductory to advanced levels. Click here to be taken to our Summer School website or have a look below for a few useful links:
You'll need an
interest in the practice, theory or history of popular music. A previous
qualification or vocational experience in which music, the arts or
business played a substantial part would be useful, but not essential.