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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Fall 2020
Course Number:
MUS 206
Course Title:
Introduction to the History of Rock Music
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Course Description

Introduces the history of rock music. Examines rock music's roots and development, its innovators and significant events through a cultural as well as musical perspective.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Use an understanding of the technological advancements and development of the record industry during the 20th and 21st centuries (in relation to rock music) to interpret and understand current and possible future technological trends in music.
  • Use an understanding of the cultural and sociological dynamics that created rock music to better integrate ones own beliefs effectively into the community.
  • Cultivate a personal set of aesthetic and artistic values informed by an understanding of the development of genres, innovations, and trends in rock music.
  • Use the ability to examine and analyze a piece of music based on structural and expressive elements to interpret and understand other communicative media.
  • Employ knowledge of rock music’s development to analyze current social and cultural trends and their relation to past social and cultural movements.

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.

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.