MUS.-187 History of Rock & Roll
Credits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into RDNG-030 (ACSR-030), completion of ELAP-110 with a minimum grade of 2.0, or successful completion of RDNG-016 or ACLT-074 with a minimum grade of 3.0.
This course will blend musical commentary into an historical and social framework as it traces the development of rock music from its roots in country and blues to the most contemporary trends. Students will experience firsthand the defining characteristics of rock-styles and develop the ability to make connections between the popular music of yesterday and today.
1. Understand the elements of music and how they apply to the genre of Rock and Roll 2. Analyze and compare individual rock styles, artists, and performances, using musical terms discussed in the course 3. Evaluate the significant sociological, political and economic factors that fueled rock music development and subsequent transformation 4. Explain the influence of music from a generational point of view 5. Identify the origins and periods of musical development of the twentieth century, as outlined by historians as part of the rock and roll genre 6. Discuss how the music of each period developed and perpetuated over time 7. Identify the outside influences that became a factor in a particular genre’s development 8. Discuss how different genres became accepted into the mainstream music scene 9. Identify the cultural ramifications that resulted as a byproduct in the development of a particular genre 10. Discuss how sub-cultures that evolved from movements in music were accepted into the mainstream culture 11. Explain how a particular period of musical development reaches its logical artistic limit 12. Explain how and why a genre achieves mass, mainstream appeal 13. Identify the musical legacies and/ or cultural legacies of key artists and their contribution to popular culture 14. Identify the originator(s) of a particular musical period 15. Explain how these artists further elevated the musical development of a particular period 16. Explain how these artists influenced the originality of other artists and mainstream culture 17. Trace their musical and cultural legacies.