Popular Music Studies

popular music studies students

The BA Major in Popular Music Studies prepares students to excel in an increasingly broad creative music industry. From culture studies to songwriting to game scoring and audio engineering to project management, plus all the myriad musical opportunities in between, today’s successful musician requires the sort of technical and creative flexibility that results from the broadest possible training.

By integrating practical and theoretical studies in collaborative, project-based courses, the Popular Music Studies major provides ideal preparation for careers in the creative music industry. Popular-music students hone their musical and technical skills in courses devoted not only to hands-on instruction in songwriting, audio engineering, mixing, and production techniques, but also to training as a complete musician (music theory and history, critical listening skills and analysis).

Popular Music Studies is housed within the Music Research and Composition Department.  

2023-24 Events and Performances

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All end-times are approximate. 

Thursday, December 7 | 8pm (2 hour duration)
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Pop Music Showcase
Performances by students in the Popular Music Studies program.

Saturday, February 10 | 6pm - NEW DATE
von Kuster Hall (rescheduled from November 25)
Charting: Popular Music Industry Summit
A concert to wrap up Popular Music Industry Day featuring students from Western's Popular Music Studies program. Visit website for details.

Monday, April 8 | 8pm - NEW VENUE
TC 101, Talbot College 
Popular Music Studies Songwriting Showcase Concert
Performances by students in the Popular Music Studies program.

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