Certificate in Popular Music
This certificate prepares learners for engaging with popular music (rock, jazz, country and hip hop) in the local community, as a supporter of the arts, a member of a garage band, a donor or more educated concert-goer.
This program is designed for non-music and music majors, and there is no requirement to have prior experience playing music. This program invites learners to a change of consciousness. Explore the role cultural and historical forces, racism and capitalism that have played a part in American popular music.
This program is centered on a survey of the development of all forms of popular music, through the social and political movements of the time. Topics will include the blues, glam, metal, country, punk, progressive, indie, and alternative styles, the sound of Philadelphia, disco, reggae, ska, new wave, music video, hip hop, rap, grunge, country music, jazz, world music, the pressures of stardom and music piracy. Learners will examine the relationships between popular music and the larger cultural, political, and economic formations.