The History of Rock and Roll
Getting Acquainted and acclimated to on-line learning. Students will learn to use software, the conventions of the course and will meet and get to know the instructor and classmates. Rudiments of music, such as listening skills, music terminology, elements of music, and exploratory listening will be covered.
The History of American Popular Music
The History of American Popular Music is traced from its beginnings in Folk Music, through the Jazz era, and through the music of the Civil Rights and Protest era (1960's). Representative styles of Folk Music (ballad, work songs, spirituals, gospel, and more), its societal influence and lyric composition will be studied. Styles of Jazz and Blues (brass bands, swing, bebop, etc.) its societal influence and historical context, and notable personalities will be studied. Developmental history of Popular Music, its elements of style, notable personalities, and societal influences through the 1950's and 1960's will also be explored.
The Music Industry
Students look at the development of Radio and the Recording Industries as well discuss business analysis, copyright issues, and social influences of the Music Industry. Students explore careers in music, such as performing, management, radio, and song-writing.
· Exploring and evaluating the cause and effect relationship of music and society
· Identifying different types of American popular music and becoming familiar with the characteristics of each
· Exploring careers in the music industry, necessary preparation, benefits and drawbacks of each and appropriateness to students in the course
· Examining the development of the radio and recording industries in America and the effect of each on the music and society of the time
· Becoming familiar with the developmental history of American music (from c. 1900 - 1960) and its influential events and people
· Acquiring knowledge of the basic elements of music and how they effect a composition
· Developing personal listening skills necessary for critical evaluation of a composition.
· Develop individual creativity in regard to writing original song lyrics.