MUSC 143: Introduction to Rock Music

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the history of rock music and its development within the broader context of American popular culture from the 1950s until today. The study of this music will allow students to develop their listening skills as well as a vocabulary with which they can intelligently discuss the music they hear in their daily lives.

Required Text:

  • Covach and Flory, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0393937251

Required Subscription:

  • An online subscription to Rhapsody or any other listening service that allows you to hear the assigned music for the course (full songs, not just samples) is required for the length of the course.

View a sample course syllabus.

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