MUS-133: History of Rock and Roll

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
History of Rock and Roll
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers rock and roll from its origins to the present. A field trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio is offered. For non-music majors.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to introduce Rock & Roll music and its impact socially, culturally, economically, and politically during the past five decades.

Core Course Topics
  1. The roots of Rock: overview of the Fifties’ style.
  2. Transition: The early 1960's.
  3. The British Invasion.
  4. Folk Rock, Soul, and Motown.
  5. The 1970's, 80's, and early 90's (Acid Rock, Punk Rock, Disco, MTV, Rap).
  6. The musicians.
  7. The industry.
  8. The audience.
  9. Society in general.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify basic musical concepts found in various rock styles.
  • Identify the Rock & Roll basic facts and dates (significant events, influential figures, milestone songs, albums, concerts, sociological factors affecting rock music).
  • Describe factors affecting artistic thought and development.
  • Describe factors affecting consumers of rock music.
  • Show how situations in a given time period anticipate events in subsequent periods.
  • Develop a continuum of thought that ties rock music development together in a logical sequence.
  • Analyze the reasoning used by key players in the music industry and identify the premises and assumptions used in that reasoning.*

* Fulfills the HFCC General Education Outcome for critical thinking and problem solving.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Textbook reading assignments
  • CD and video presentations
  • Music listening tests
  • Tests on readings and lectures


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2014