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HUMN 1270 - Rock Music: A Cultural Perspective

Credit Hours: 4.00


Prerequisites: None

This introductory course studies the development of rock music and its influence on society. The course includes basic music terminology as well as representative styles and artists that had major impacts on rock music and on society.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to objectively analyze various works of popular music using appropriate terminology.

Objectives:

  1. Melody
    1. Determine the melodic concept employed
    2. Discuss the impact on that moment within the song
  2. Tonality
    1. Determine the tonality concept employed
    2. Discuss the impact on that moment within the song
  3. Timbre
    1. Determine the timbre concept employed
    2. Discuss the impact on that moment within the song
  4. Dynamics
    1. Determine the dynamics concept employed
    2. Discuss the impact on that moment within the song
  5. Texture
    1. Determine the texture concept employed
    2. Discuss the impact on that moment within the song
  6. Form
    1. Determine the form employed
    2. Discuss the effectiveness within the song

 

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain how musical influences affect the development of popular music.

Objectives:

  1. Genres
    1. Explain how former genres influence the creation of newer genres
  2. Techniques
    1. Explain how the use of different playing techniques and stylizations influence the development of new music
  3. Sources
    1. Explain how the adoption of ethnic music concepts contribute to new musical developments
    2. Explain how music concepts from other sources (classical, church, etc.) contribute to new musical developments
  4. Philosophy
    1. Explain how the musical intent of the artist contributes to the way music is created

 

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to summarize the relationship between culture and popular music.

Objectives:

  1. Ethnic
    1. Explain how the role of conflict affects the creation of music
    2. Explain how foreign culture affects the creation of music
    3. Explain how the mixing of cultures affects the creation of music
    4. Explain how Rock has influenced and been adopted by non-Western cultures
  2. Infrastructure
    1. Explain how modes of transportation affected the development of popular music
    2. Explain how modes of communication affected the development of popular music
    3. Explain how the development of venues affected the development of popular music
  3. Business
    1. Explain the impact of business models on the development of popular music
  4. History
    1. Explain the impact of events that influence the development of popular music
    2. Explain the impact of social issues that influence the development of popular music
    3. Explain the impact of trends that influence the development of popular music

 

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the impact that technology has on the development of popular music.

Objectives:

  1. Instruments
    1. Explain how technology changes the timbral options for use in music
    2. Explain how technology makes accessing sound options more effective
  2. Recording
    1. Explain the transition from mechanical to electric to digital recording
    2. Explain the progression of the traditional recording studio
    3. Explain the philosophy of the “Indie” recording studio
    4. Explain the advent and further development of the home recording studio
  3. Distribution
    1. Explain the development of sheet music delivery historically
    2. Explain the function of big studio production and marketing
    3. Explain the impact of radio on the development of popular music
    4. Explain the impact of television on the development of popular music
    5. Explain the impact of the internet on the development of popular music
    6. Explain the transition of media from cylinder through compressed digital files in the market place

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
 

  1. The roots of popular music in America: a multi‐cultural approach
  2. The birth of the blues and the 20th century
  3. The 1920s and 1930s: blues turns to country and jazz
  4. The 1940s and 1950s: styles coalesce, the birth and death of rock and roll
  5. The British Invasion: rock and roll is resurrected as rock
  6. The Motown Era: African‐American music becomes mainstream New Directions in Rock: folk rock and psychedelic rock
  7. Crossovers: new identities are created by breaking down the barriers

Primary Faculty
Scott, Stuart
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Dean
Pritchett, Marie



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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