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Popular Music Studies

Advising Guide

NOTE: Current students must take initiative to get the most out of the Popular Music Studies Program.  This track within the B.A. degree is NOT a set of required classes; rather, it is a set of electives in which students can take as many as they want or just 12 credits.  It is up to the student.  To help, we have created this advising guide.  Additionally, students are encouraged to see Professors Pieslak or O'Donnell every semester for advising.  A list of upcoming Pop Studies Program classes are always listed on the website as soon as they become offered within the course bulletin every semester.  All of the information needed to pursue an excellent course of study in popular music is on this website.  Please take your time, read it carefully, and e-mail Professor Pieslak with any questions.

 

Below is a guide to offerings in the Popular Music Studies Program. PLEASE NOTE: not all courses are offered every semester. If you want to take it, best take it now! Additionally, this is a tentative outline to the schedule and courses are offered based on instructor availability. We try to follow this schedule but circumstances may cause changes, additions, or cancellations.


Spring, odd year (Spring 2013, 2015…)
Rock Analysis, 42000 (O’Donnell)
Pop Comp, 43100 (Pieslak, J)
Musician Entrepreneur, 29900 (Whalen)
Jazz History, 24400 (Gallon)
Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002 (Thomas)


Fall, odd year (Fall 2013, 2015…)
Songwriting, 31116 (adjunct)
A Survey of Popular Music, 27103 (Jenkins)
Rock Ensemble, 26018 (Popp)
Audio/MIDI, 21600 (Perl or adjunct)
Blues Vocal Workshop (Pittson or adjunct)


Spring, even year (Spring 2014, 2016…)
Pop Comp, 43100 (Pieslak)
Musician Entrepreneur, 29900 (Whalen)
Jazz History, 24400 (Gallon)
Music and Politics, 27404 (Pieslak, S)
Guitar Ensemble, 26016 (adjunct)


Fall, even year (Fall 2014, 2016…)
Songwriting, 31116 (adjunct)
Latin Popular Music, 27104 (Piza)
Rock Ensemble, 26018 (Popp)
Audio/MIDI, 21600 (Perl or adjunct)
Special Topics elective/Pink Floyd (O’Donnell)

 

Even more guidance:

The guide below allows students to get the most out of the course offerings at CCNY.  It goes significantly beyond what is required but allows students to maximize their experiences. Current or entering students should see Professors Pieslak or O'Donnell for advising.

Here is how to read the chart: students typically enter as Freshman and are placed into Music 13100 and 16100 (rudiments classes) or Theory I and Musicianship I. Each column provides a guide for a student entering at either of those levels.


GUIDE, Fall 2013/15: Entering Freshman


Semester 1: Fall 2013                                       Semester 1: Fall 2013
Elementary Musicianship, 13100                      Theory 1, 13200
Beginning Keyboard Techniques, 16100           Musicianship 1, 16100
Introduction to World Music, 10200                   Introduction to World Music, 10200
Voice Class 1, 16500                                         Voice Class 1, 16500


Semester 2: Spring 2014                                  Semester 2: Spring 2014
Theory 1, 13200                                               Theory 2, 23100
Musicianship 1, 16100                                     Musicianship 2, 26100
Piano Class 1, 16400                                       Piano Class 1, 16400
Writing About Music, 21000                            Writing About Music, 21000
Chorus, 16002                                                 Chorus, 16002


Semester 3: Fall 2014                                     Semester 3: Fall 2014
Theory 2, 23100                                              Theory 3, 23200
Musicianship 2, 26100                                     Musicianship 3, 26200
Music Production MIDI and Audio, 21600        Music Prod. MIDI and Audio, 21600
Chorus, 16002                                                   Chorus, 16002


Semester 4: Spring 2015                                 Semester 4: Spring 2015
Theory 3, 23200                                              Theory 4, 33100 (if offered)
Musicianship 3, 26200                                    Musicianship 4, 36100, or F 2013
Music History                                                  Music History
Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002                        Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002
Musician Entrepreneur, 29900                       Musician Entrepreneur, 29900


Semester 5: Fall 2015
Theory 4, 33100, (if offered)
Musicianship 4, 36100 (if not taken already)
Songwriting, 23300
Survey Popular Music, 27103
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Blues Vocal Workshop, 26017



Semester 6: Spring 2016
Popular Music Composition, 43100
Music History
Music and Politics, 27404
Guitar Ensemble, 26016
Jazz History, 24400


Semester 7: Fall 2016
Music History
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Latin Popular Music, 27104
Elective/Special Topics


Semester 8: Spring 2017
Rock Analysis, 42000
Orchestration/Arranging
Elective/Special Topics




GUIDE, Spring 2014/16: Entering Freshman

Semester 1: Spring 2014                                 Semester 1: Spring 2014
Elementary Musicianship, 13100                      Theory 1, 13200
Beginning Keyboard Techniques, 16100          Musicianship 1, 16100
Introduction to World Music, 10200                  Introduction to World Music, 10200
Voice Class 1, 16500                                        Voice Class 1, 16500


Semester 2: Fall 2014                                       Semester 2: Fall 2014
Theory 1, 13200                                                Theory 2, 23100
Musicianship 1, 16100                                      Musicianship 2, 26100
Piano Class 1, 16400                                       Piano Class 1, 16400
Writing About Music, 21000                             Writing About Music, 21000
Chorus, 16002                                                  Chorus, 16002


Semester 3: Spring 2015                                  Semester 3: Spring 2015
Theory 2, 23100                                               Theory 3, 23200
Musicianship 2, 26100                                     Musicianship 3, 26200
Musician Entrepreneur, 29900                         Musician Entrepreneur, 29900
Chorus, 16002                                                  Chorus, 16002


Semester 4: Fall 2015                                      Semester 4: Fall 2015
Theory 3, 23200                                               Theory 4, 33100 (if offered)
Musicianship 3, 26200                                      Musicianship 4, 36100, or F 2015
Survey of Popular Music, 27103                       Survey of Popular Music, 27103
Blues Vocal Workshop    , 26017                       Blues Vocal Workshop, 26017
Music Production MIDI and Audio, 21600        Music Prod. MIDI and Audio, 21600
 


Semester 5: Spring 2016
Theory 4, 33100, (if offered)
Musicianship 4, 36100 (if not taken already)
Music and Politics, 27404
Guitar Ensemble, 26016
Jazz History, 24400
 


Semester 6: Fall 2016
Songwriting, 23300
Music History
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Latin Popular Music, 27104
Elective/Special Topics
 


Semester 7: Spring 2017
Rock Analysis, 42000
Orchestration/Arranging
Popular Music Composition, 43100
Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002


Semester 8: Fall 2017
Elective/Special Topics
Music History    
Rock Ensemble, 26018
 

                    

GUIDE, Fall 2014/16: Entering Freshman

Semester 1: Fall 2014                                     Semester 1: Fall 2014
Elementary Musicianship, 13100                    Theory 1, 13200
Beginning Keyboard Techniques, 16100        Musicianship 1, 16100
Introduction to World Music, 10200                 Introduction to World Music, 10200
Voice Class 1, 16500                                      Voice Class 1, 16500


Semester 2: Spring 2015                                 Semester 2: Spring 2015
Theory 1, 13200                                               Theory 2, 23100
Musicianship 1, 16100                                      Musicianship 2, 26100
Piano Class 1, 16400                                       Piano Class 1, 16400
Writing About Music, 21000                             Writing About Music, 21000
Chorus, 16002                                                  Chorus, 16002


Semester 3: Fall 2015                                     Semester 3: Fall 2015
Theory 2, 23100                                              Theory 3, 23200
Musicianship 2, 26100                                      Musicianship 3, 26200
Music Production MIDI and Audio, 21600        Music Prod. MIDI and Audio, 21600
Chorus, 16002                                                  Chorus, 16002


Semester 4: Spring 2016                                 Semester 4: Spring 2016
Theory 3, 23200                                               Theory 4, 33100 (if offered)
Musicianship 3, 26200                                     Musicianship 4, 36100, or F 2015
Music History                                                   Music History
Music and Politics, 27404                               Music and Politics, 27404
Guitar Ensemble, 26016                                 Guitar Ensemble, 26016


Semester 5: Fall 2016
Theory 4, 33100, (if offered)
Musicianship 4, 36100 (if not taken already)
Songwriting, 23300
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Electives/Special Topics
Latin Popular Music, 27104


Semester 6: Spring 2017
Popular Music Composition, 43100
Music History
Business of Music, 29900
Rock Analysis, 42000
Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002


Semester 7: Fall 2017
Survey of Popular Music, 27103
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Blues Vocal Workshop, 26017


Semester 8: Spring 2018
Orchestration/Arranging
Elective/Special Topics
Music History
Jazz History, 24400
Guitar Ensemble, 26016



GUIDE, Spring 2015/17: Entering Freshman

Semester 1: Spring 2015                               Semester 1: Spring 2015
Elementary Musicianship, 13100                   Theory 1, 13200
Beginning Keyboard Techniques, 16100        Musicianship 1, 16100
Introduction to World Music, 10200                Introduction to World Music, 10200
Voice Class 1, 16500                                      Voice Class 1, 16500


Semester 2: Fall 2015                                   Semester 2: Fall 2015
Theory 1, 13200                                            Theory 2, 23100
Musicianship 1, 16100                                   Musicianship 2, 26100
Piano Class 1, 16400                                    Piano Class 1, 16400
Writing About Music, 21000                          Writing About Music, 21000
Chorus, 16002                                               Chorus, 16002


Semester 3: Spring 2016                                Semester 3: Spring 2016
Theory 2, 23100                                              Theory 3, 23200
Musicianship 2, 26100                                     Musicianship 3, 26200
Musician Entrepreneur, 29900                         Musician Entrepreneur, 29900
Chorus, 16002                                                 Chorus, 16002


Semester 4: Fall 2016                                     Semester 4: Fall 2016
Theory 3, 23200                                              Theory 4, 33100 (if offered)
Musicianship 3, 26200                                    Musicianship 4, 36100, or F 2015
Songwriting, 23300                                          Songwriting, 23300
Music Production MIDI and Audio, 21600        Music Prod. MIDI and Audio, 21600
Latin Popular Music, 27104                              Latin Popular Music, 27104


Semester 5: Spring 2017
Theory 4, 33100, (if offered)
Musicianship 4, 36100 (if not taken already)
Rock Analysis, 42000
Popular Music Composition, 43100
Pop Vocals Workshop, 36002


Semester 6: Fall 2017
Music History
Survey of Popular Music, 27103
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Blues Vocal Workshop, 26017


Semester 7: Spring 2018
Orchestration/Arranging
Jazz History, 24400
Music and Politics, 27404
Guitar Ensemble, 26016


Semester 8: Fall 2018
Elective/Special Topics
Music History    
Rock Ensemble, 26018
Latin Popular Music, 27104