Course detail

History of Popular Music

FEKT-BPC-DPHAcad. year: 2019/2020

Overview of genres and styles of popular music - including knowledge of sub-genres, composers and artists within the content of the subject.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will be able to:
- name and characterize the beginnings of popular music: the types and the application of musical folklore and the characteristics of traditional popular music,
- name and characterize the development of popular music theater and its social function,
- name and characterize social dances and their functions in the 19th century in Europe and Latin American dances,
- define the genre of popular music genres,
- explain the musical nature of the genres of popular music and their social functions.


Knowledge of general education is required, on the basis of which the student has passed the admission procedure.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Schnierer M. Přehled vývoje populární hudby. Učební text, JAMU, Brno, 2013. (CS)
Horák J. Naše lidová píseň. J.R.Vilímek, Praha, 1946. (CS)
Trojan J. Moravská lidová píseň. Supraphon, Praha, 1988. (CS)
Vysloužil J. L. Janáček o lidové písni a lidové hudbě. SNKLHU, Praha, 1955.
Poledňák I. Úvod do problematiky hudby jazzového okruhu. Učební text, UP Olomouc, 2005.

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 mandatory.

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. It is necessary to give a written form of seminar work on an individually chosen theme from the area of jazz and rock music. 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.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Division of music into the area of artificial music (so-called classical) and non-artistic (“popular“ in a broad sense)
2-5. Questions of the multilateral social and aesthetic function of musical folklore, especially in the Czech Republic and in the surrounding countries
6-7. Traditional popular music from the oldest music history to the 18th century
8.-9. Popular musical theater of the 19th century - the origin of operetta and ballroom dance of the 19th century.
10. Situation in the popular area in our country at the time of the national revival
11.- 13. Czech popular music in the first third of the 20th century.
14. Origin and prerequisites of jazz (spirits, gospels, worksong etc.)
15-18. New Orleans archaic jazz, bands, style, dixieland and spread to other US cities, swing era
19. Broadway music revue, Gershwin ad. Composers
20. History of musicals between the two wars until the present
21. Rise of concert modern jazz from the 40's and its sub-styles
22. Rise and development of rock music including their substrates
23. International music theater in the Czech Republic - Jaroslav.Ježek and the Osvobozené divadlo theater
24. Country, folk and tramps in the world and in our country
25. Theaters of so-called small forms - Semafor, etc.
26. Issues of contemporary pop music.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with selected chapters from the history of popular music (musical folklore issues, especially in our country and neighboring countries, its social functions - traditional popular music from antiquity to the 19th century, popular music theater - the origin of operetta and social dance of 19st Century and others.

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 BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-TECH , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

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