Course detail

History of Popular Music 2

FEKT-JDP2Acad. year: 2017/2018

An overview of genres and styles of popular music - including knowledge of important soloists and groups - focusing on: rock, art-rock, disco, folk, folk-rock, funk, punk, rap, soul, and underground.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will be able to:
- name and describe representatives and groups of folk and folk-rock music,
- describe and name the main directions of rock music and their representatives,
- define the nature of art-rock and punk music and important groups,
- explain the nature of soul music style,
- explain the reasons for the emergence and character of Czech and world underground,
- describe the nature of funk, disco and hip hop musical styles and explain their differences.


The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

MATZNER, A., POLEDŇÁK, I., WASSERBERGER, I. a kol. Encyklopedie jazzu a moderní populární hudby. Praha : Editio Supraphon, 1980. (CS)
VLČEK, J. Rockové směry a styly. Praha : Ústav pro kulturní výchovnou činnost, 1988. (CS)
WEISS, T. Beaty, bigbeaty, breakbeaty - průvodce moderní hudbou 90. let. Praha : MAŤA, 1998. ISBN 80-86013-41-3 (CS)
WICH F. Rock a pop, encykloipedie 2 sv. Volvox Globator, Praha, 1999.
POLEDŇÁK I. Úvod do problematiky hudby jazzového okruhu. Učební text, UP Olomouc, 2005.
SCHNIERER M. Přehled vývoje populární hudby. Učební text, JAMU, Brno, 2013.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures consist of an explanation accompanied by the listening of music recordings and their analysis.
Participation in lectures is recommended.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The evaluation of study results follows the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and the Dean’s Regulation on the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Up to 100 points are given for the final oral examination and it is necessary to earn at least 50 points for its successful completion. The exam is aimed at knowledge of the history of popular music according to the syllabuses of the History of Popular Music 1 and 2.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 Folk
2 - 5 Rock.
6 Folk rock.
7 Art-rock.
8 Punk.
9 Soul.
10 Funky.
11 Underground.
12 Disco.
13 Hip hop.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with selected chapters from the history of popular music (rock, art-rock, disco, folk, folk-rock, funk, punk, rap, soul, and underground).

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-J Bachelor's

    branch J-AUD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, general knowledge
    branch J-AUD , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, general knowledge
    branch J-AUD , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, general knowledge

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer