92905 - History of Popular Music (1) (Lm)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Anna Scalfaro
  • Credits:: 6
  • SSD: L-ART/07
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will:- know the essential lines of the history of popular music; - know how to place specific genres and styles in the historical-social context; know how to analyze critically the most important forms of popular music

Course contents

The course aims to offer a reconstruction of the essential lines of the history of popular music, with particular reference to Italian song. The main concepts and theoretical issues relating to the production and fruition of musical genres and their intrinsic relationship with the media will be illustrated. Some albums by Italian singer-songwriters will be analysed, exploring the interaction between words and music. An in-depth study will be dedicated to the fruition of Italian songs in the 1960s and 1970s.

At the end of the course, students will be able to find their way among the main musical currents in the history of song in the second half of the twentieth century, and will be able to place authors and songs in their historical context; they will also acquire methodological tools for analysing the musical languages of some albums, which will be treated as case studies.


  1. Jacopo Tomatis, Storia culturale della canzone italiana, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2019 (chapters 1-6).
  2. Materials uploaded by the teacher on the Virtual platform.

Teaching methods

Lecturing, group work.

Assessment methods

The teacher will then ask some questions relating to the bibliography. The programme is the same for attendees and non-attendees.

Teaching tools

Audio, video, materials shared on Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Scalfaro


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.