Origins of Popular Music

Ref: C2419239

From the folk music of the Appalachian Mountains to the Beatles, from early Mississippi Blues to the Rolling Stones. This is the story of the rise of blues, country music & jazz - and the musicians who made it happen. How music was changed forever, and helped to define the 20th centurty

Course aim

The aim of this course is to give you an introduction to the origins of popular music, through key recordings & the musicians who made them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for anyone wishing to extend their musical horizons. Musical knowledge or ability are not required

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand more about the development of popular music, from key recordings.
  • Understand the influence of important musicians & their music.
  • Understand some of the diverse geographical, social & cultural contexts in which the music was made.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Origins of Popular Music Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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