1. avatar Clements
    Finally, there is a music theory syllabus designed for people that love Rock, Pop, Jazz, Punk, Blues or Metal. For the first time, students of popular music can gain internationally recognised qualifications that are equivalent in stature to those available in the classical music education field.

    The full syllabus is listed at www.popularmusictheory.org

    For more information about the Institute of Contemporary Music, visit:
    http://www.iocm.org.uk/
    “He who knows how, will always have a job, he who knows why, with always be his boss.” – Alanis Morissette
  2. avatar Steven Dedalus
    I was reading a book by a guy who is a lecturer in punk rock at an American university.

    That is the best job for me!

    "Class: today we will be learning about FUCKING THE SYSTEM!

    So I don't expect to see any of you in this classroom ever again."

    [img:05bbffd599]http://baymusic.com/images/Punk-Rockers.jpg[/img:05bbffd599]
    [i:05bbffd599]Class dismissed.[/i:05bbffd599]
  3. avatar Recycled Alien
    It seems to be a pretty straightforward normal music course with a section (Section 4) of pop history added. I reckon I'm up to grade 4 in the music theory, but an easy 8 in the history.

    Also: Alanis Morrisette is an idiot.
  4. avatar my-angel-rocks
    I took a course on "Music and Pop Culture of the 20th Century" at university. It was a great class, there was a class mixtape of popular songs from all through the 20th Century and we had to analyse songs like Palo Alto by Radiohead and I Think I'm In Love by Spiritualized to understand how pop songs are written.

    Kinda wish I'd gone to it more often.
  5. avatar Steven Dedalus
    [quote:709c038870="my-angel-rocks"]I took a course on "Music and Pop Culture of the 20th Century" at university.
    [/quote:709c038870]

    What course was that?

    Why was I wasting my time with advanced film theory and formal logic?

    (Although my formal logic teacher was a cool dude, who was a world expert in the subject, and used Pink Floyd and the Doors in all of his examples, but not in a cringy kind of way.)
  6. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:b1540feb0b="Steven Dedalus"]Why was I wasting my time with advanced film theory and formal logic?[/quote:b1540feb0b]

    Because you didn't get so fed up with the grey of Aberdeen that you swapped third year for a year abroad in sunny Guelph, Ontario, Canada, surrounded by trees, black squirrels and people who never lock their doors, and where they had courses like Music and Pop Culture of the 20th Century for people to take when they needed to fill some credits.

    I think it was more or less this course (although now you can download the mixes off itunes): http://www.uoguelph.ca/sofam/outlines/F09/MUSC2150-01.F09.pdf
  7. avatar Steven Dedalus
    [quote:4862f91b41="my-angel-rocks"]

    Because you didn't get so fed up with the grey of Aberdeen that you swapped third year for a year abroad in sunny Guelph, Ontario, Canada, surrounded by trees, black squirrels and people who never lock their doors, and where they had courses like Music and Pop Culture of the 20th Century for people to take when they needed to fill some credits.

    [/quote:4862f91b41]

    Flip you, Ian! I hated that place...

    In fact, I nearly went on a similar kind of thing in Oregon, but my (then) girlfriend told me not to go, because it would put a "strain on our relationship."

    Not as much a strain as her dumping me about two months later, though.

    [img:4862f91b41]http://makemelaugh.today.com/files/2009/06/britney-spears-crying.jpg[/img:4862f91b41]

    [i:4862f91b41]Steven, crying about it, yesterday.[/i:4862f91b41]
  8. avatar artyfufkin
    [quote:3c814be155]Finally, there is a music theory syllabus designed for people that love Rock, Pop, Jazz, Punk, Blues or Metal. For the first time, students of popular music can gain internationally recognised qualifications that are equivalent in stature to those available in the classical music education field.[/quote:3c814be155]

    This is not the first time this has been done. The London College Of Music have been running grade exams in Music Theory and Popular Music for several years now through the RGT.
  9. avatar Clements
    [quote:1c7777be77="artyfufkin"][quote:1c7777be77]Finally, there is a music theory syllabus designed for people that love Rock, Pop, Jazz, Punk, Blues or Metal. For the first time, students of popular music can gain internationally recognised qualifications that are equivalent in stature to those available in the classical music education field.[/quote:1c7777be77]

    This is not the first time this has been done. The London College Of Music have been running grade exams in Music Theory and Popular Music for several years now through the RGT.[/quote:1c7777be77]

    You're dead right, this course has established itself over the last few years, but this is the first time (at least that I'm aware of) that it is being taught in a school of music in Northern Ireland by a qualified tutor.
  10. avatar Clements
    [quote:c9033bd293="Recycled Alien"]It seems to be a pretty straightforward normal music course with a section (Section 4) of pop history added. I reckon I'm up to grade 4 in the music theory, but an easy 8 in the history.

    Also: Alanis Morrisette is an idiot.[/quote:c9033bd293]

    If it didn't cover the basics it wouldn't be worth its salt as a course, but it focuses more on areas useful to a Rock, Jazz or Blues player. It's in the later grades (6+) where things really get interesting. It covers Scales, Modes & Harmony to a respectable level, which in my opinion the ABRSM sylabus does not, and you actually get credit (as you should) for knowing what's in "Section 4". I think it's a good course, and the book would be well worth buying on its own. What having a qualified tutor can do though, is quickly fill in the gaps in your understanding, and show you how, and when some great musicians have used it in the past, and ways in which you could free your own music.

    The quote was chosen for the quote itself, not the intelligence, integrity or talent of the individual quoted.
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