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Barnett, Mike



Research Areas research areas



  • rock music, popular music, songwriting, popular culture



courses taught

  • MUEL 2051 - Introduction to Songwriting Techniques
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Introduce students to the art and craft of songwriting through (1) the analysis of great songs past and present (2) creative work (3) experimentation (4) collaboration (5) performance and possibly recording. We will examine form, melody, harmony, rhythm, lyric writing (i.e. points of view, logic, use of literary device, etc.), solo and collaborative ensemble performance, style and poise.
  • MUEL 2852 - Music in the Rock Era
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Examines Rock music and its subgenres, primarily as a fusion of African-American and European-American musical styles. Considers precursors to Rock style (e.g. Blues, Folk) and their contributions. Traces the development of Rock as an art form as well as its cultural significance and saturation from the 1960s to the end of the 20th century. Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • MUEL 2872 - Music in the Rock Era: Special Topics in Heavy Metal
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Explores, discuss, debate and develop deeper understanding of Heavy Metal. Included are study of musical style characteristics and lyrical content, innovative performers, unifying elements of Heavy Metal culture and the diversity within it, and its role in the larger Rock and societal contexts. Issues of gender, religion, and sexuality in the Heavy Metal construct are also discussed.
  • MUSC 2071 - Instrumentation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the instruments in the orchestra by studying their ranges, idioms, histories and performance practices. Assignments center around hands-on scoring for instruments. Student arrangements will be performed in class during the semester. Offered spring only.

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