The approach of this book, first published in 1982, is multi-disciplinary. Popular music, it is argued, is not only a musical but also a social phenomenon; the criteria needed to assess it are different from those used in the appreciation of ‘classical’ music. The first section of this guide is devoted to setting out just what those criteria should be. A second section puts forward bases for course construction that are detailed and flexible. A final section provides a list of further resources.

chapter |12 pages

Section I Why this series?

part |2 pages

Section II Guidance for teachers and classroom projects

chapter 1|2 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

Rhythm in Afro-American music

chapter 4|8 pages


chapter 5|6 pages

Melody, harmony, counterpoint and form

chapter 6|7 pages

Orchestration, tone and timbre

chapter 7|9 pages

Popular song lyrics

chapter 8|6 pages

Youth culture

chapter 9|9 pages

Black studies

chapter 10|4 pages


part |3 pages

Section III Further resources

chapter 11|4 pages

'Folksong and Music Hall'

chapter 12|5 pages

'Jazz and Blues'

chapter 13|4 pages

'Tin Pan Alley'

chapter 14|4 pages

'Rock 'n' Roll'

chapter 15|3 pages

'Soul and Motown'

chapter 16|5 pages

'Reggae and Caribbean Music'

chapter 17|4 pages

'Contemporary Folk Song'

chapter 18|5 pages

'Rock Music'