Module Overview

Styles Analysis

Styles Analysis is concerned with the deconstruction and study of the elements that make up successful popular songs. This includes a look at the historical, social and biographical context that may have had a bearing on the composers of these songs, as well as a study of some of the specific influences and references that they utilised.

This module requires students to employ critical listening and aural perception to look at music and lyrics objectively, in order to understand how they might work on us subjectively. The student will be concerned with the connections made between one artist, or one type of music and another and the wide-open artistic “radar” that all these great artists possessed.

The module will broaden the vocabulary for writing, arrangement and production, providing the skills and aptitudes necessary for lifelong learning in this field.

Module Code

MUSG 1008

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Analysis of classic tracks


Using artists and their work to provoke a social/historical discussion


Looking at genres and their origins


Specific study of technical/arrangement ideas


Analysis of the complex web of musical and non-musical influences on a given track


This module will be delivered using a variety of methods including tutor-led lectures and class discussions, active listening to professional material, e-learning via your VLE and independent study and research.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100