In this short course we will learn from some of the most famous songs in American popular music. We'll listen to examples of great songwriting, I'll convey what I find attractive about these songs, and we'll explore one specific songwriting detail per piece. The main goal is to help listeners grow their appreciation for music. An added benefit for songwriters is that you will walk away with tools that you can apply immediately to our own songs.
- Ability to read music notation is NOT required
- Music analysis, to help everyone enjoy listening more and to help songwriters write more interesting music
Michael Ethen, PhD, has taught music at universities in the U.S. and Canada. His focus is on American popular music but has taught the range of Western music history from Gregorian chant to the present. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike currently performs with the improvisation groups Improvestra and EarWorm, he sang Tenor for years in the Orpheus Singers, once played trombone with Grammy winner Maria Schneider and sang Beethoven with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. As a scholar, Mike has written extensively on Björk and Arena Rock music, presented at many conferences including the American Musicological Society, and his writing has appeared in the Journal of Popular Music Studies.