Tuesday, March 31, 9057

Rock History



Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA
Rock History
Fall 2010

Dr. Mark Alburger


Overview


Course Information

Unit Credit:
3, Grade Code SC - grade or credit / no credit. Please decide before Week 6.

Prerequisites:
None.

Location:
M-125

Meeting Times:
W 7:00-9:50pm

Withdrawal:
It is the student's responsibility to notify the records office of a formal withdrawal.


Communication

Office:
M-127

Telephone:
(707) 474-7273

Email:
mus21stc@gmail.com

Websites:
youtube.com/user/DrMarkAlburger
markalburger.blogspot.com
markalburger2010.blogspot.com
markalburger2009.blogspot.com
markalburger2008.blogspot.com
markalburgerevents.blogspot.com
markalburgerworks.blogspot.com
markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com
21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com
21st-centurymusic.com
facebook.com/people/Mark-Alburger/546460824
myspace.com/markalburger
goathall.org
sfcco.org


Office Hours:
MTWTh 1:45-2:45pm by appointment
W evenings after class


Texts

Online:
markalburgermusichistory.blogspot.com (Music History - selected chapters)

Traditional:
John Covach. What's that Sound: An Introduction to Rock and Its History.
Glenn Appell. A History of Popular Music.


Materials

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)


Course Description

A history of rock from its beginnings to the present.


Objectives

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)



Score Legend

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.


Concert Attendance

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:
Title
Lede Sentence
Basic News Facts
Good Mechanics / Style (endeavor to avoid 1st person)
Perceptive Content

For example formats, feel free to check reviews at
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
21st-Century Music (21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com)
etc.


Late Assignments

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.


Attendance Policy

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.


Academic Dishonesty

Students found cheating or plagiarizing will be subject to Student Code of Conduct disciplinary procedures. Please refer to the Diablo Valley College Catalog.


Artistic Borrowing

Students found borrowing, gridding, modeling, or troping will be congratulated. Please refer to the history of art, the universe, and everything.


Syllabus

Week 1
Blues

Week 2
Dixieland

Week 3
Swing

Week 4
Bebop

Week 5
Cool

Week 6
Country Music

Week 7
Rhythm and Blues

Week 8
Rock and Roll / Soul

Week 9
The Beatles / Rolling Stones

Week 10
British Invasion / Folk Rock

Week 11
Motown Pop / Southern Soul / Psychedelia

Week 12
Art Rock

Week 13
Black Pop / Disco

Week 14
Punk / New Wave

Week 15
MTV / Heavy Metal

Week 16
Rap / Alternative Rock

Week 17
90's Rock

Week 18
Recent Rock