Tuesday, March 31, 9057
Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA
Dr. Mark Alburger
3, Grade Code SC - grade or credit / no credit. Please decide before Week 6.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the records office of a formal withdrawal.
MTWTh 1:45-2:45pm by appointment
W evenings after class
markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com (Music History - selected chapters)
John Covach. What's that Sound: An Introduction to Rock and Its History.
Glenn Appell. A History of Popular Music.
No. 2 pencils
8.5" x 11" 12-line music manuscript paper (loose-leaf or notebook)
Computer access, and music notation software program (the latter optional)
A history of rock from its beginnings to the present.
To develop an appreciation of the historical and musical aspects of rock in the context of the larger realms of art and the universe.
Grading and Evaluation (point scale)
Daily Attendance / Participation (2000)
Weekly Quizzes / Exam (2000)
Compositions / Reviews / Class Teaching (1000)
90-100% / A
80-89% / B
70-79% / C
60-69% / D
0-59% / F
DVC Music Technology Center
Frequent use of tutorials via the absolutely wonderful DVC Music Technology Center (MTC) is encouraged -- 15 minutes per day are recommended -- 700 minutes per semester are expected.
Students are required to attend two concerts per semester. At least one should be by the DVC music department and one (not necessarily the same presentation) primarily of Rock. Reviews of each event will identify the concert (who, what, when, and where), and comment on salient elements. The first review will be due by mid-term; the second by the week before the final.
Reviews should have a:
Basic News Facts
Good Mechanics / Style (endeavor to avoid 1st person)
For example formats, feel free to check reviews at
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
21st-Century Music (21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com)
There will be a 10% grade penalty on all assignments up to a week late. Assignments more than one week late will receive a failing grade. Only quizzes missed due to excused absences may be made up. Such quizzes must be made up within one week or receive a failing grade.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Required texts only supplement class meetings. Thus, attendance to all class meetings is essential to the successful completion of the course. Poor attendance has always resulted in a poor grade, while excellent attendance has always been a prerequisite to an excellent grade. Students who miss more than two weeks of class may be dropped without notice. Students who need to take a leave of absence during the term should ask a counselor for a petition and then receive written approval from the Instructor and the Dean of Students. Leaves of absence are limited to ten instructional days.
Students found cheating or plagiarizing will be subject to Student Code of Conduct disciplinary procedures. Please refer to the Diablo Valley College Catalog.
Students found borrowing, gridding, modeling, or troping will be congratulated. Please refer to the history of art, the universe, and everything.
Rhythm and Blues
Rock and Roll / Soul
The Beatles / Rolling Stones
British Invasion / Folk Rock
Motown Pop / Southern Soul / Psychedelia
Black Pop / Disco
Punk / New Wave
MTV / Heavy Metal
Rap / Alternative Rock