Overview & Objectives

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am-12:45pm
107 Mandel Center
Twitter: #mupm212
Instructor: Leah Branstetter
Haydn Hall 402 (mailbox in 216)
leah.branstetter [at] case [dot] edu
Office hours: by appointment and/or via Skype @rock.music.history

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Course Overview

This course will introduce the history and styles of rock and roll, from its roots in the musics of African-Americans and rural whites, through its emergence in the 1950s, and into the myriad subgenres that developed in the late twentieth century. Throughout the course, we will also trace trends in the industry and culture of music, learn about key performers and performances, and study the relationship between music and technology.

This is a three-credit-hour course for students who are not majoring in music (music majors should take MUHI 312). There are no prerequisites.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, it is expected that you will have gained the ability to:

(1) aurally identify the stylistic components of rock music and use salient musical features to distinguish between the diverse genres and subgenres represented in the listening assignments (which include, but are not limited to, rockabilly, soul, surf, disco, reggae, funk, country rock, heavy metal, new wave, and hip-hop);

(2) define and employ the musical terminology introduced throughout the term and utilize relevant reference and research resources;

(3) think critically about the relationship between musical style and cultural history by connecting major performers, genres, and songs to concurrent historical events and social movements;

(4) understand the business of popular music, including marketing and sales practices, issues of copyright and intellectual property, and methods of tracking audience response;

(5) describe the role that technology plays in the creation, preservation, and mass mediation of musical sounds.