Approved by University Studies Sub-committee.  A2C2 action pending.

 

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program     Music
Course Number     122
Semester Hours     3
Frequency of Offering     Alternating Spring Semesters
Course Title     History of Rock Music


This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2  Yes
This is a new course proposal No

Department Contact Person for this course:
Dr. Paul Vance, Associate Professor of Music
Email: pvance@winona.edu


A University Studies Arts & Sciences Course--Humanities

Catalog Description
A history of rock and roll music; its diverse American influences, its emergence as a recognizable style in the 1950s and its symbiotic relationship with modern society. Offered alternating spring semesters.

General Course Information
This course is designed to teach students to become active listeners, and become more aware of the ways in which various compositional and performance techniques are utilized in rock music to express various aspects of the human condition. Elements of song-writing will be introduced, and there will be considerable discussion about the roles that race, gender, and socio-political events have played in pop/rock music in the second half of the twentieth century.

Rationale
USP Course Objective #1. Identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of rock music through some first-hand experiences in the basic art of song-writing, and by close examination of the ways in which certain performers and song-writers manipulate various musical elements for expression.

USP Course Objective #2. Understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions and interpretations:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand how race, gender, sexual preference, geographic location, and socio-economic backgrounds effect musical style, interpretation, and the perception of music by its listeners. Time will also be devoted to the impact that popular music has on society.

USP Course Objective #3. Understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the role of critical analysis in interpreting and evaluating musical expressions of human experience by studying the rock music criticism and its commercial and social impact on the music industry.

COURSE SYLLABUS
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Department of Music
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Course Number: MUS 122     Course Title: The History of Rock Music
Number of Credits: 3 s.h.     Grading: Letter grade only
Prerequisites: None

Course Applies to: University Studies - Arts & Sciences (Humanities)

Catalog Description
A history of rock and roll music; its diverse American influences, its emergence as a recognizable style I the 1950s and its symbiotic relationship with modern society. Offered alternating spring semesters.

This course is designed as a University Studies Course under the classification of Humanities.

USP Course Objectives (University Studies Criteria that promote students' abilities to):

USP Course Objective #1. Identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of music:

USP Course Objective #2. Understand how historical context, cultural values and gender roles influenced perceptions and interpretations:

USP Course Objective #3. Understand the role of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of music in the human experience:

Major Objectives:
After completion of this course, the student will:
#1. Be able to illustrate the historical development of rock music in the second half of the twentieth century. (USP Objectives #1 & 2)

#2. Better understand the contributions of major recording artists and producers to the evolution of style in pop/rock music. (USP Objectives #1 & 2)

#3. Better understand the symbiotic relationship between rock music and modern society. (USP Objectives #2 & 3)

#4. Better understand the relationship between media and popular music. (USP Objectives #2 & 3)

#5. Better understand the roles that race, gender, sexual preference, geographic location, and socio-economic background have played in the development of popular music. (USP Objective #2)

#6. Be able to identify basic compositional techniques utilized in songwriting via first-hand experience with these elements. (USP Objectives #1, 2 & 3)



Textbooks:
1)    Campbell, Michael and James Brody. Rock and Roll: An Introduction. New York: Schirmer Books, 1999.
2)    McDonnell, Evelyn and Ann Powers, ed. Rock, She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap. New York: Delta Music Books, 1999.

Assignments and Assessments:
1)    Listening Assignments
Each student will receive a specific listening assignment for which they must submit a written critique of the music contained therein.

2)    Lyric Writing and Basic Songwriting
Each student will be required to compose lyrics for a pre-existing melody and chord structure. This may be done individually or as part of a small group.

3) Examinations
Each student will be required to take the course's written examinations


Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching Methods Utilized:
Lecture
Group Work
Guest Speakers
Videos
Audio Recordings
Internet Work (song structures on-line for lyric writing; listening assignments)
Individual Work

The individual instructor will determine Grading and Grading System.