Approaches to Pop Music – Cath Davies

100pp   £27.50   ISBN: 1903663717   2006
Popular music is an area of many Media Studies courses that elicits discomfort amongst teachers. Many are aware of their own distance from contemporary pop and feel reluctant to engage with an area that they feel their own students may ‘know more about’, at least superficially, than themselves.

Approaches to Pop  Music is designed to make teaching the different concepts, issues and aspects of popular music accessible and enjoyable, for both students and teachers. It is not intended solely for the teaching of the music industry – each topic has been primarily for its relevance to key Media Studies concepts, and both contemporary and historical case studies are included which further illuminate the debates. Author Cath Davies explores:

  • Textual analysis and meaning – including the song and the voice, the music video and the life performance;
  • Representation and meaning – including discussions of masculinity from Eminem to Robbie Williams, feminist and postfeminist representations and black cultural identity;
  • Institutions – the industry, the charts, Reality TV music shows, the impact of the internet;
  • Media effects – fandom, subcultures and moral panics;

Each section includes a set of student-based worksheets with accompanying stimulus material for use in the classroom which investigate these concepts.

Cath Davies is currently a lecturer on the Broadcast Media and Popular Culture undergraduate course at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She has been involved with A level Media Studies and Film since 1994 in a range of roles including lecturer, assistant examiner and moderator.


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