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The History of Rock and Roll (MUS 110)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

June 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the development of individual musical artists in relation to their peers, audiences, and the broader society of the time; examine how musical trends and innovations influence the values of citizens and society at the time the music was created; describe and compare a range of music styles, and relate their style characteristics to aspects of cultural history, especially in times of war;  identify pieces chosen from each period, draw conclusions about the genre, artist, and approximate date; understand the amazing impact this music has had throughout the United States as well as the rest of the world; and examine, interpret, and explain how personal, political, cultural, economic, and social experiences shaped the history of rock & roll through the 20th century. 


The course is designed to help students understand the history of Rock music. The class will survey trends and styles in Rock and Roll, focusing first on the artists and groups who gave rise to this hybrid form of music from its blues roots origins. It will then focus on the rise of rock and roll in the 1950s and the corporate, political, and social backlash against it. Students develop a better musical understanding of the history of early rock-era music and a greater awareness of its musical and cultural significance. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Music History (6/23).