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Revision Date: 25-Mar-18

MUS-1028-VO01 - Introduction to Rock & Roll

Synonym: 164331
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-22-2018 to 08-13-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-09-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Gregory Matses | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 3/16 (as of 04-19-18 11:20 PM)
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
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  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

A survey of Rock & Roll from its origins through contemporary rock. Students will discuss the social, economic and political conditions that influenced the development of rock music and the artists who have contributed to its form. Through extensive listening, students will explore a variety of rock styles from 1950s through the present.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe Rock and Roll's ancestors and early influences.
2. Explain basic rock harmonic progressions and other conventions of the form.
3. Describe early rock forms such as rockabilly, vocal groups, doo-wop, pop, teen idols and identify major figures in each style.
4. Discuss the British Invasion and the influence of the Motown sound.
5. Discuss punk, metal, grunge, and related styles that influenced rock including reggae, rap and African pop.
6. Discuss the recording and broadcasting industries and their impact on rock music, including singles, album-oriented production and music videos.
7. Describe a variety of rock styles in terms of lyrical content, instrumentation and stylistic elements.
8. Describe the contributions of several rock artists to the development of the form.


The class will first develop the vocabulary needed to discuss the primary elements of rock music. The influential pre-rock styles (blues, gospel, country, rhythm & blues, pop) will then be looked at. The class will proceed through a decade by decade study of the stylistic development and structure of rock & roll from 1950 to the present. Some attention will be given to the social and political events that influenced the form. Course materials and homework will be drawn from the textbook, handouts, online resources, and extensive listening lists. The midterm exam may have both written and listening components. The final project will be a research-based presentation concerning a specific rock-related theme. This could be a band, an artist, a specific recording, or a unifying topic such as "Singer-Songwriters" or "Guitar Gods". The presentations may be in class, web based, on a media storage device, or another suitable format and are to be accompanied by a 7-9 page paper.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance/Participation/Assignments 40%

  (graded weekly on a scale of 0-10)


Quizzes 15%

Midterm Exam         15%

Live Concert Review 10%

Final Project 20%

Grading Criteria:

A = 90 - 100     B = 80 - 89      C = 70 - 79        D = 60 - 69     F = below 60


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

MUS-1028-VO01 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Gregory Matses
Hiring Coordinator for this course:

Attendance Policy:

1. More than two unexcused absences will result in an "N" for a final grade. 

   Three late arrivals will be considered an unexcused absence. 


2. Excused absences include serious illness, death in the family, and hazardous

   driving conditions. Arrangements can be made to make up excused absences.

   Please email, text, or telephone me as soon as possible if missing class. 


3. Students are responsible for keeping up with the material covered in class 

   regardless of their attendance.


CCV Intro to Rock & Roll Syllabus - Summer 2018 - Greg Matses

Note:  to comply with CCV’s credit hour policy, allow 1 hour/day minimum listening/reading time, 6 days/week to successfully complete the course requirements.

Week 1: course introduction
      elements of rock music
      the influential pre-rock styles (blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, country, pop)
             (1) Lecture Notes - Week 1
     (2) study Elements of Rock Music
     (3) Rock & Roll; It’s History & Stylistic Development  – read chapters 1 & 2
    with Week 1 Listening List
     (4) Week 1 Discussion Forum 

Week 2: 1950’s rock (part 1):  Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, rockabilly …
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 2 
     (2) Rock & Roll; It’s History & Stylistic Development  – read chapters 3 & 4
        with Week 2 Listening List
     (3) review Elements of Rock Music 
     (4) Week 2 Discussion Forum 
         (5) study for Quiz #1 (Elements of Rock Music, chapters 1-4)

Week 3: Quiz #1 (Elements of Rock Music, chapters 1-4)
         1950’s rock (part 2):  Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, soft rock, teen idols …
      the early 1960s - girl groups, surf, & folk  (Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan …)
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 3 
     (2) Rock & Roll; It’s History & Stylistic Development  – read chapters 5 & 8
     with Week 3 Listening List
     (3) Week 3 Discussion Forum 

Week 4: The Beatles, Stones, and British Invasion (part 1)
       live concert review planning begins
      (1) Lecture Notes - Week 4
      (2) Rock & Roll  – read chapters 6 & 7 with Week 4 Listening List
      (3) Week 4 Discussion Forum
      (4) study for Quiz #2 (Beatles/Rolling Stones)

Week 5: Quiz #2 (Beatles/Rolling Stones) 
      the British Invasion part 2 (the Yardbirds, Cream, the Who …) 
      Soul & Motown (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes …)
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 5
     (2) Rock & Roll  – read chapter 9 with Week 5 Listening List 
     (3) Week 5 Discussion Forum

Week 6: the San Francisco sound  (the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane  …)
      psychedelic (acid) rock  (The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Byrds  … )
      final project planning begins
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 6
     (2) Rock & Roll – read chapter 10 with Week 6 Listening List
     (3) Week 6 Discussion Forum 
     (4) study for Midterm Exam (chapters 8-10)

Week 7: Midterm Exam (chapters 8-10)
      Women in rock 
      jazz rock  (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Santana … )
      progressive/art rock:  (Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Frank Zappa …)
      glam rock  (Velvet Underground, T. Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper …)
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 7
     (2) Rock & Roll – read chapters 11 & 12 with Week 7 Listening List
     (3) Week 7 Discussion Forum
     (4) final project outlines due Week 8

Week 8: final project outlines due
      mainstream 70’s rock/heavy metal  (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith …)
      country / southern rock  (The Eagles, The Band, The Allman Brothers Band …)
      singer-songwriters  (Joni Mitchell, Elton John, CSN&Y…)
      funk  (James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder …)
      disco  (Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band …)
      reggae (Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Black Uhuru …)
      punk  (Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Patti Smith  …. )
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 8
     (2) Rock & Roll – read chapters 13 & 14 with Week 8 Listening List
     (3) Week 8 Discussion Forum
     (4) study for Quiz #3 (Weeks 7-8)

Week 9: Quiz #3 (Weeks 7-8)
      the 1980s:  
      new wave (Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Police, the Pretenders …)
      pop / rock  (MTV, Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Guns N’ Roses …)
      rap  (Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys …)
      heavy metal  (NWOBHM – Motörhead; thrash – Metallica, Slayer; glam/hair – Bon Jovi …)
      hardcore  (Dead Kennedys, Black Flag …)
     (1) Lecture Notes - Week 9
     (2) Rock & Roll – read chapters 15 & 16 with Week 9 Listening List
     (3) Week 9 Discussion Forum
     (4) live concert reviews due Week 10

Week 10: live concert reviews due
       the 1990s:
       grunge (Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam …)
       jam bands  (Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit …)
       indie rock  (Beck)
       hip-hop / gangsta rap  (Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Eminem  … )
       techno / house / dance music  (Frankie Knuckles, Moby, New Order … )
       90’s metal / Nü Metal  (Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
       90’s art / prog / electronica / industrial  (Radiohead, Tool, Björk, Nine Inch Nails)
      (1) Lecture Notes - Week 10 
      (2) Rock & Roll – read chapters 17 & 18 with Week 10 Listening List
      (3) Week 10 Discussion Forum

Week 11: the 2000s to the present:
      (1) Lecture Notes - Week 11
      (2) Rock & Roll – read chapter 19 with Week 11 Listening List
      (3) Week 11 Discussion Forum
      (4) final project/presentations due Week 12

Week 12: course/instructor evaluations
       final project/presentations
      (1) Week 12 Discussion Forum


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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