Examines rock music as a succession of related musical styles and as a social movement reflecting and influencing the changing American political and social landscape.
Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019
MU 015 CRN 60014 History of Rock and Roll Course Description This course looks at rock music from two perspectives: as a succession of related musical styles characterized by specific musical elements; and as a social movement influenced by and reflecting the changing American political and social climate from 1950 to the present. Through reading, directed listening, and asychronous online discussion, students will sharpen their appreciation and understanding of historically important styles of rock and develop an awareness of how the music and its performers have contributed to and reflected America's on-going social and cultural development. MU 015 will begin with a brief discussion of those elements of music which apply to rock, so that we have appropriate terminology with which to discuss the music. We will then discuss and listen to some of the roots of rock & roll including African music, blues, and early rhythm-and-blues, and proceed decade by decade to trace the development of rock music from 1950 to the present. For each decade we will attempt to answer three questions: 1. What important political, social, economic, and technological forces are affecting American society? 2. How are these forces reflected in and affected by the music? 3. What musical elements characterize each style of rock music, and what common musical threads connect different styles? By the end of this course you should have a greater understanding of the musical elements of rock & roll, as well as the connections and influences of one style on another. You should also have a much richer understanding of recent American political and social life, and how this has affected and been affected by the development of rock music. Required Texts Szatmary, David P. Rockin' in Time - A Social History of Rock and Roll. 8th. ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2014 Brackett, David (ed.). The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader. 3rd. ed. New York, N.Y., Oxford University Press, 2013 All texts available from the UVM Bookstore Required Listening Audio and video clips posted online Learning Format We will use a combination of reading, directed listening, online audio and video clips, and asychronous online discussion to cover the material in the course. As in any online course, you will be required to participate in online discussion by posting answers to discussion questions and responses to other students' answers according to a weekly schedule. There will also be weekly listening exercises/assignments posted for you to complete. Grading Your grade will be determined as follows: Discussion + Listening 50% Mid-term Exam 25% Final 25% Attendance Attendance in an online course is determined by participation in the Discussion Board. If you don't participate in the discussion, you haven't attended. Anyone who does not participate in the discussion for one week will be asked to withdraw !!! Specific guidelines and due dates will be posted. Participation in the online discussion is a vital component of this course, and will account for at least 50% of your grade. All work must be turned in on time. Grades for late midterms and finals will be reduced according to the following schedule: 1-3 days late - one half letter grade (A to A-); 4-7 days late - one full letter grade (A to B); more than 7 days late - F.
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