Course Abstract Details

MUSIC-102, The History of Rock and Roll

Credits: 3

Course Description

MUSIC-102, The History of Rock and Roll, will survey the history of rock music from its origins to the present day. Students will study all major genres including rap and country music, as well as the social, political, technological and economic forces that shaped the music. Issues of race, gender and class will also be discussed as they relate to the various styles. The class includes detailed listening assignments and an introduction to musical vocabulary and concepts. No prior knowledge of music is required for this class. Prerequisite: ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Describe the origins of Rock and Roll (GE 6) 

2. Associate various artists with their appropriate style and time period (GE 6) 

3. Describe the musical characteristics of Rock and Roll (GE 5) 

4. Aurally identify the different styles of rock music (GE 2, GE 5, GE 6) 

5. Aurally identify the major artists of rock music (GE 2, GE 5, GE 6) 

6. Describe the evolution of the recording process (GE 5) 

7. Develop an understanding of musical vocabulary (GE 1) 

8. Contextualize music into its social and political history (GE 6, GE 7) 

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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