Music in Twentieth Century Britain

Oasis, but what is the political and cultural impact of this revolutionary music? How did the music we know and love develop from industrial city slums to chart topping hits?  How does music define the British identity?  This course examines a wide range of important musical styles and cultures in twentieth century Britain.

Students in this course will be exposed to various cultural theories and apply these approaches to the subcultures that emerged in the UK after the Second World War, such as Teddy Boys, Rockers and Mods.  They will explore the “symbolic subsystems” of each group - their music, style, speech and ritual – alongside notions of deviancy, consumerism, identity, territoriality, and performance. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to examine the stylistic traits of different artists and genres (the forms, lyrics, instrumentation etc.).

EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES (2-4 PER COURSE)

Three Concerts in:

  • Pop/Rock
  • Jazz
  • Classical

COURSE OUTLINE

Music in Twentieth Century Britain