Cañada College

 

MUS 210 Histories of Popular Music and Rock

 

 

 

Class notes

 

Week 1 -- the roots of American Popular music; early rock’n’roll

 

Week 2 – 1960s; doo-wop, surf music, Motown, Beatles, Dylan

 

Week 3 – the 1970s; issues of authenticity, genre proliferation  

 

The constant Latin influence pdf

 

Week 4 – the 1980s; yet more on authenticity; Thriller

 

Week 5 – the 1990s; rap

 

Several canons (lists of key works) of rock & popular music

 

 

 

MUS 210 Histories of Popular Music and Rock SYLLABUS (pdf format) 

 

Required textbook:  Rockin’ Out; Popular Music in the USA, Reebee Garofalo, fourth edition, Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2008. 

 

Websites & Internet use: The textbook website is useful.  It has listening guides, practice quizzes, and iTunes links. 

This class website will be a simple archive of class materials, such as the syllabus and class notes.  Review it weekly.  The listening guides can be particularly helpful for your song assessments. 

 

Other class materials (listening examples) will be posted on the WebAccess site for this class:
log in using your G number and 6-digit birth date, MMDDYY, no spaces or hyphens.

 

Check your student email account at least once a week.  (It is easy to have this forwarded to any convenient email address.)  While hard copy is preferred for assignments, if you do submit assignments via email, paste the text into the body of your email, and use your last name as the first part of the file name in any attachments.  (for example, a student named Janis Joplin would name an attachment as “joplin_assessment3.doc”)

 

 

rev. Jan 2010

David Meckler

Cañada College

Other music class web pages

 

 

ARCHIVE

 

Spring 2010 EPAPA

 

1 – introduction; the roots of American Popular music; blues, early rock, doo-wop, surf music (1955-1965) (assessments due 8 Feb)

 

2 – the Beatles, Dylan . . . (1964-1975) (assessments due 4 March)

 

The Latin Presence up to the 1970s (powerpoint)

 

3 – 1970-1985 (presentations 15 March) from prog rock to punk and many funky points in between

 

4 – 1985-1995 (assessments due 21 April)

 

5 –1995-today (assessments due 17 May)

 

Final assignment (due 28 May)

 

 

Summer 2009

SYLLABUS (pdf format

Class notes

 

Week 1 -- the roots of American Popular music; early rock, doo-wop, surf music

 

Week 2 – 1960s

 

Week 3 – the 1970s; issues of authenticity

 

Week 4 – the 1980s; yet more on authenticity; Thriller

 

Week 5 – the 1990s

 

Final assignment (due 30 July)