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Listening for form in popular music
Listening for form in popular music

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • perceive common elements of form in Western popular song (including folksong and the jazz standard) in pieces including ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Midnight Special’ and ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’

  • understand three methods for communicating information about form: specialist terms, alphabetic designations, and visual representations

  • recognise how form and lyrics work together to convey meaning.