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History of Rock & Roll Online

 
History of Rock & Roll Online has been designed to cover the concepts, vocabulary, and subject matter in a college-level introductory course in the history of rock and roll. The course focuses on the essential chronological relationship and follows the interesting historical threads outlined throughout the history of rock. Through a wide range of reading and listening assignments, this online course provides tools for intelligent listening, and encourages the development of a greater understanding of musical structures and forms.

Students navigate the course using a printed guide that serves as a textbook and workbook. Included with the guide are three music CDs compiled and produced by Sony Music. These contain a rich selection of excerpts and pieces that are referenced in the lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes. Timed listening notes guide students in the art of listening and can be accessed online, where they interact with the CD and follow the progress of the piece, even showing some of the musical themes as they occur. The listening notes are also offered in the guide in the same order as they appear on the CD, making the course a continuing source of enrichment for years to come. Whether a student is planning to pursue additional studies in the field of music or taking this online course to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the incredibly rich world of rock and roll, we believe students will find it interesting, entertaining, and enriching.

This course is also well-suited for a Flipped Classroom or hybrid class.

The textbook/workbook to accompany this course is History of Rock & Roll Online, written by Donald W. Megill and David W. Megill with historical readings by Shawn Woodyard. Additional information is provided under the “How to Adopt Course & Print Materials” tab below. To request access to an electronic review copy of the textbook/workbook, please contact Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

For access to Coast Learning Systems’ online course preview site, please complete a Preview Request Form.

Lesson Titles and Descriptions

1. Rock, You, & the Big Picture

The study of rock and roll is relatively new to colleges and universities. Originally, classical music dominated the study of music in the arts. As jazz claimed a more legitimate role in American music, it also began to appear among the course offerings in college catalogs. Now with the rise of rock in American culture and the emergence of mass culture, a new challenger to the American art world has arrived. Comparing these three musical traditions will help you to understand how the arts serve culture and to appreciate rock’s contribution in particular.

2. Forerunners of Rock & Roll

Unlike music of decades or centuries ago, rock is woven into the very fabric of our contemporary society. It contributes to a new mass culture that reaches around the world. Studying the influence of rock is confounded by the large amount of writings about rock unfiltered by time and a long tradition of scholars working to place it in history. Learning to sift through all this information and evaluate its usefulness is a new and important skill for students of the twenty-first century. Even when there are sudden and sharp shifts in the development of an art form, there is some continuity that runs through the change.

3. The Elvis Factor: the Convergence of Mass Media & Popular Culture

The popularity of Elvis Presley signals one of the historical anchors of rock history: the convergence of popular music and mass media. This convergence might arguably be partly responsible for what we now see as the rise of mass culture. This lesson explores this convergence.

4. Review 1: Early Rock Plus an Introduction to the Concert Report

This lesson focuses on the aural recognition of the selections on the audio CDs that demonstrate the musical styles from early rock and its influential forerunners. It is important to have more than an intellectual knowledge of the history of a music to truly appreciate it. Repeated listenings offer you a familiarity that will help underpin the historical exploration in the readings. This lesson also introduces the Concert Report, which brings you face to face with the music and brings a richer experience to live performances.

5. Folk, Acid Rock, & Social Protest: the Emergence of a Counterculture

Rock exploded on the cultural front as baby boomers reached adolescence. Their youthful idealism found rock a useful vehicle to voice their social concerns and search for individual freedom. This social activism was all carried out against the backdrop of a fight for civil rights and a protest against a controversial war. Rock’s close connection to popular culture assured it would serve as the voice for these powerful cross-currents.

6. The British Invasion: Mods, Rockers, & Social Crosscurrents

As Americans’ interest in the blues was waning and rock was moving closer and closer to pop, the British baby boomers were developing their own version of rock. Their interest in American jazz and country blues mixed with their own skiffle created a new “Mersey Beat” sound that they exported to the United States and throughout the world, dominating the popular rock scene for several years.

7. The Black Voice: Motown, Soul, & the Integration of Popular Music

Even though the early stirrings of rock borrowed heavily from African-American rhythm and blues, the black voice was muted on the popular stage during the British Invasion. It is ironic because the British borrow heavily from the blues and rhythm and blues themselves. The black voice eventually was showcased, however, through the distinctive musical styles of Motown and soul.

8. The Growth of Rock

This lesson focuses on the aural recognition of the selections on the audio CDs that demonstrate the musical styles from early rock and its influential forerunners. It is important to have more than an intellectual knowledge of the history of a music to truly appreciate it. Repeated listenings offer you a familiarity that will help underpin the historical exploration in the readings.

9. Protest to Corporate: Rock in the 1970s

During the early 1970s, rock stepped back from the social issues that had dominated the 1960s and began to look inward. The pull of the market proved stronger than the need to protest. Rock reflected this change in direction as musicians looked to new hybrid forms for rock and marched toward a new kind of musical excess that seemed to signal a climatic change in musical and social values.

10. Rock Fashion: From Punk to MTV

Rock grew up with the baby boomers. It reflected their values and social interests. As the boomers matured, so did rock. Yet right behind the boomers, in their shadow so to speak, was a generation that felt virtually ignored by the consumer-oriented mass culture that was developing around rock. Rock was a channel to the buying power of the boomers, who had become the largest age group in the U.S. landscape. It was through this group that the developing mass culture was unfolding. Punk offered a challenge to this boomer-dominated market and gave a voice to a new generation that rejected the corporate marketing of music and generated a strong anarchistic crosscurrent in the midst of the developing mass culture.

11. Classic Rock & Generation X: Fulfilling Rock’s Promise

As rock continues to evolve and mature, it is useful to look to previous art forms like classical music and jazz for comparison. We might find similarities that could help us project the future of rock as an American art form. This lesson explores that comparison and focuses on the popularity of each music and how that popularity helped bring the music to the forefront of cultural attention. It then looks at the new generation of musicians that offers a challenge to the popular nostalgia of classic rock.

12. The Challenge to Rock: Technology & Breaking the Rock Continuum

As rock continues to evolve and mature, it is useful to look to previous art forms like classical music and jazz for comparison. We might find similarities that could help us project the future of rock as an American art form. This lesson explores that comparison and focuses on the popularity of each music and how that popularity helped bring the music to the forefront of cultural attention. It then looks at the new generation of musicians that offers a challenge to the popular nostalgia of classic rock.

13. Review 3: Rock through the Present

This lesson focuses on the aural recognition of the selections on the audio CDs that demonstrate the musical styles from early rock and its influential forerunners. It is important to have more than an intellectual knowledge of the history of a music to truly appreciate it. Repeated listenings offer you a familiarity that will help underpin the historical exploration in the readings.

14. The Top Five of All Time

This lesson is a review of the course.

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-Bonnie Shimasaki, Learning Resources Assistant, Pasadena City College

Customization

Instructors can customize the course by making learning assets open or closed to student view, add learning assets such as new assignments, discussion forums, web research activities, and extra credit work. Instructors also have the option to request a “copy” of their prior course each term. Finally, there is the option of turning on automatic student tracking that simplifies the evaluation process.

How to Adopt Course & Print Materials

There is no fee paid by an institution or instructor when the online course/content is adopted. Each student is required to purchase the course materials which includes a one-time use Access Code. To adopt and offer this course online, instructors complete an Online Course Request Form prior to the start of each term, and a course shell will be provided by the date requested. Instructors also have the option to request a “copy” of their prior course each term.

This online course is hosted and provided in a Moodle® (LMS) shell, and instructors can link from their institution’s LMS or send their students directly to the class URL. Coast Learning Systems provides instructor and student technical support via an electronic help desk, which is monitored 7 days a week. Our goal is to make sure you enjoy teaching with our content and that your students have an engaging and positive learning experience.

The Online Course Request Form should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of your class.

History of Rock & Roll Online
Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-0-7575-7400-9
This course is also well-suited for a Flipped Classroom or hybrid class.