MUS1111: Rock Music History – Spring 2012
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10:30am-11:35 am
Blackman Auditorium (Ell Hall)
Professor: Junauro Landgrebe
Office: 337 Ryder
Email: J.Landgrebe@neu.edu (email is preferred)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12 PM – 1 PM or by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Brian Bergeron
Survey rock music and it’s evolution from the 1920’s through current times. We will examine the origins and advancements of rock music by studying the pertinent social, political, cultural, racial, gender, and class issues that pertain to rock music’s history. We will also examine the development of the music business and technology that shaped and distributed it. You will develop listening skills by studying song examples covered in the textbook and in class. We will begin with an introduction to what the study of rock music entails and then focus on listening skills and musical terms to develop a vocabulary with which to discuss and experience selected song examples. The study of music, especially for the newly initiated may be more difficult than you expect. You will be more successful if you approach it in the same way as you would a foreign language – immerse yourself by listening to the song examples repeatedly. Ask questions if you do not fully understand something. The same applies to listening skills - if you are not hearing the musical characteristics discussed during the lectures and in your readings, please ask for help!
This course fulfills the CORE Category II: Methods of Inquiry requirement as an Art elective.
Required Text & Technology: What’s That Sound? 3rd edition by John Covach. Turning Technologies ResponseCard RF clicker. Both can be purchased at the campus bookstore.
Required Audio: There are a number of songs to listen to for this class. Some of these songs can be found on youtube. The Interactive Listening Guide application found in the Blackboard course site has direct links to purchase the music from iTunes; most of these song examples are also available on Amazon. Download and use the Interactive Listening Guide application while studying the song examples.
Course Work and Weighted Percentages:
1, 2, & 3 (20% each)
5 Online Quizzes (4% each)
10 Written Assignments (1% each)
Lectures start promptly at 10:30 am and will end at 11:35 am. Bring your ResponseCard to every class. Attendance and participation with the clicker technology is mandatory. Lectures will include interactive polling and questions to be answered with the clickers, listening to song examples, watching video clips, and live performance demonstrations. Students are responsible for all announcements made at the beginning and end of each lecture. Additionally, reading assignments are due prior to the Monday’s lecture in order to fully comprehend the subjects being discussed in class.
Blackboard: Course Material
Every week new course material will be made available on Blackboard corresponding to the current week’s lecture schedule outlined below. The content areas for each week are the key to your academic success in this class. Each folder will contain a study guide, reading, listening and writing assignments. Visit the Blackboard course frequently!
Online Quizzes (5)
Online quizzes will be available on specified Thursdays between the hours of 11:35 a.m and 11:55 p.m. The questions are based on the current reading assignment as well as lecture content. You must take the online quizzes between these hours in order to receive a score. All quizzes have a time limit of 32 minutes unless otherwise indicated. Retakes will only be offered to students who experience a Blackboard related error while taking the quiz during...
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