CCOG for MUS 206 Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 206
Course Title:
Introduction to the History of Rock Music
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Course Description

Introduces the historical context, stylistic development, and cultural impact of American rock music from the 1950s to the present. Includes origins of the style and related genres. Examines how instruments, technology, media, and popular culture affect how rock music is created and marketed. Also covers global versions of rock music. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the history of rock music in social contexts.
  2. Aurally identify and analyze elements of the rock style from various eras and genres.
  3. Describe technological advancements in the production and commercialization of rock music.
  4. Critically analyze and defend positions on music recordings and/or performances.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of music provides the opportunity to experience the art form both as listeners and as creators. It is an expression of culture developed from rich historical traditions, each with unique aesthetic and artistic values reflected through organized sound.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. These methods may include one or more of the following tools: qualitative and/or quantitative examinations, quizzes, listening assignments, and class participation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Basic elements of:
    • Melody
    • Harmony
    • Rhythm
    • Form
    • Improvisation
  • Rock instrumentation: rhythm section and front line
  • Roots of Rock and Roll
  • Major and Independent record labels
  • Early radio: Top 40, AOR on FM
  • 1950's - Pioneer Era
  • Instrumental Rock and Surf Music
  • Girl Groups and Dance Craze
  • British Invasion
  • Motown and Soul Music
  • Folk Rock and Singer-songwriters
  • Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
  • Southern and Country Rock
  • Progressive and Punk Rock

The following skills are expected to meet the minimum requirement ("C" or "Pass") for the course:

  • Identify the primary and secondary sources for Rock and Roll.
  • Describe major and independent record labels and recording formats.
  • Recognize musical style from various eras from recorded examples.
  • Assess the contributions of key innovators.
  • Discuss the social implications and impact of rock music through its eras.