Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

MUS 125: History of Rock Music

General Information

  • Name: History of Rock Music
  • Discipline: Music (MUS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Explains how cultural, social, political and economic conditions have shaped rock music's evolution. Familiarizes the student with the history of rock music from its origins in Blues through contemporary rock styles. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of rock music. Extensive classroom listening will enhance the student's learning experience.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to with an accuracy of 75%:

  • List in chronological order the prominent eras and trends of Rock music and identify the names and contributions of key Rock music personalities.
  • Describe the emergence of Rock music from its beginnings as "Rock and Roll" and "Rock-a-Billy" to the present.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify individual rock music styles, distinguish among the styles of Rock in terms of music theory and conception.
  • Discuss how cultural, political, and social elements are reflected in, and have influenced Rock music and find relationships between Rock music and historical, social and economic factors of each era.
  • Describe and evaluate the role society plays in influencing the evolution of rock and roll.
  • Describe technological advances (e.g. multitrack recording, digital synthesis, MIDI, etc.) and the effect of these advances, pertaining to Rock music and evaluate the influence of modern technology on musical instruments and recording techniques.
  • Understand the profound impact this music has had throughout the United States and the world.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course fulfills the Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that students:

  • Know the subject matter to a level that is appropriate for a musical theater degree
  • Can succeed at their transfer institutions
  • Posses an understanding of the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the fine arts or performing arts.
  • Develop their personal creative capabilities
  • Appreciate the unique role that the fine arts and humanities have in the development of cultural values
  • Desire to participate in cultural or artistic events


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