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Welcome to Popular Music Studies at CCNY

The Popular Music Studies track is an area of specialization within the B.A. degree in Music. The track offers a variety of courses on topics in contemporary popular music studies, including history, analysis, composition, performance, and socio-cultural context. Students take the required courses within the B.A. degree and then focus on specific elective courses to fulfill twelve elective credits.  There is no audition or application for this program other than being a B.A. music major at CCNY (please see the Music Department homepage for information about applying to the college). The recommended elective courses are: Rock Analysis, Popular Music Composition, A Survey of Popular Music (History), and three credits of elective selected from: Songwriting, Music and Politics, The Business of Music, Jazz History, Rock Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Studio Ensemble Singing, Pop Vocals Workshop, Blues Vocal Workshop, Latin Popular Music, Music Production MIDI and Audio, or a special topics course.

The Popular Music Studies program at CCNY is one of the first academic programs to emphasize the relationship among analysis, history, composition, performance, and socio-cultural context as equally important facets of popular music studies. A complete description of the track is provided on the Program link.
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Popular Music Studies
Jonathan Pieslak
Shepard Hall, Rm. 72
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

P | (212) 650-7665
F | (212) 650-5428
E | jpieslak@ccny.cuny.edu

Program spotlight
Professor Chad Jenkins's article, "A Question of Containment: Duke Ellington and Early Radio," appears in the most recent volume of American Music, vol. 26, no. 4, 2008, pp 415-41. Read a brief abstract of the article here.

Professor Shaugn O'Donnell will publish, "American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead" in The Grateful Dead: Essays on Live Improvisation (edited by Stan Spector and Jim Tuedio; Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland), forthcoming 2009.

Professor Jonathan Pieslak's article, "Re-casting Metal: Rhythm and Meter in the Music of Meshuggah," appears in Music Theory Spectrum, vol. 27, no. 2, 2007, pp 219-45.  Read a brief abstract of the article here.

News and Events

All students who consider themselves to be part of the Popular Music Studies Track should see Professors Pieslak or O'Donnell for Spring 2013 advising.  Also, e-mail Professor Pieslak for an advising guide--a resource for getting the most out of the courses we offer.

Projected Spring 2013 Courses

21600, Music Production: MIDI & Audio

24400, Concise History of Jazz

27013, Survey of Popular Music

29900, Musician Entrepreneur

35000, Studio Ensemble Singing

43100, Popular Music Composition

43400, Studio Experience

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