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Fall 2018

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MUS203 - History of Rock & Roll: Blues and Beyond
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys the development of rock and roll through a basic narrative of American culture, politics, and economic history. Examines race, gender, class, technology, and the music business as it relates to the creation of rock music in the United States and globally. Learning activities include critical analysis of audio and video recordings, attendance at live concerts of various rock and roll styles, group discussions, and research projects. Note: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirement in American history must have earned an 85 or higher on the US History Regents exam. Three class hours.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the successful completion of the course, as documented by a listening journal, presentations, and discussions, students will be able to:

1. Relate the origins and development of rock and roll music from its inception to the present by identifying a minimum of 5 distinct rock styles.

2. Identify 25 rock and roll individuals and their distinctive contributions to rock music.

3. Discuss at least 3 rock music styles as they relate to specific political, economic, social and cultural events in American society.*

4. Examine the influence of rock and roll music as a communicator of American culture and values on the historical, social, cultural and political development of at least one other country.*

5. Summarize the sociological/historical setting of one piece of rock and roll music, comparing the connections between the composer, lyric writer and performer and the particular events or human conditions leading to the creation of that piece.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1) The Roots of Rock and Roll: Reconstruction to the Roaring 20s
2) The 1950s: Suburbia and Conservative Culture in the Midst of the Rock and Roll Explosion
3) The Death of Rock and Roll: Corporate Control, the Importance of the Producer
4) British Invasion: American Blues Influence, Post JFK: A Nation in Mourning
5) Motown: Black Music for White Audiences, Crossover Artists
6) Bob Dylan and Folk Rock: Vietnam War Era, Civil Rights Movement
7) 1970s Psychedelic Rock: Summer of Love, Hippie Counter-Culture, LSD, Haight-Ashbury, Woodstock
8) 70s Funk, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Glam Rock: The Feminist Movement, Black Power Movement
9) The 80s: MTV, Reagan and the Material World, Technology
10) The 90s and Beyond: Pop, Digital Age, Copyright Infringement




Effective Term: Fall 2017