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Introduction to Music Analysis

A short course that uses popular songs to explore six tools to increase the enjoyment of music.
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What you are going to learn

Learn music analysis from some of the most famous songs in American popular music

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.
Here is a list of some of the questions we will answer:
  • Meter
  • Key Changes
  • Lyrics and Rhyme
  • Chord Progressions
  • Melody
  • Groove

What you’ll learn:
Music analysis, to help everyone enjoy listening more and to help songwriters write more interesting music.

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
Ability to read music notation is NOT required

Who this course is for:
Music fans and songwriters who want to increase their enjoyment of music

Dr. Michael James Ethen

Music PhD, Producer, Musicologist, and instructor
Michael has a PhD in musicology from McGill University. His focus includes popular music history and cultural contexts. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two children.

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