MUSGEN 2001 - From Elvis to YouTube
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code MUSGEN 2001 Course From Elvis to YouTube Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GENMUS 1001, GENMUS 2030, MUSPMACT 2612, MUSST 1000A Assumed Knowledge Ability to play an instrument or read music is not required for this course Course Description A survey of popular music of the Rock era. This course considers the stylistic, socio-cultural, economic, and technological aspects of popular music. Regarding style, greatest attention is given to the evolution of popular genres from the 1950s through the 1990s, including Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Folk Rock, Country, The Beatles/British Invasion, Motown and Soul, Progressive Rock, Metal, Funk, Disco, Punk, Rap/Hip-Hop, Grunge, Alternative, Electronic Dance Music, Avant-Garde Rock and Mainstream Pop. The first part of the course looks at the pre-cursors of Rock-era music including Anglo-American Folk and early Blues. The latter part of the course considers popular music in the first two decades of the 21st century, with emphasis on the institutionalisation of Rock music in contemporary society, and the role of digital technology in the transformation of both the creation and consumption of popular music.
Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand and appreciate the historical, socio-cultural, and music-stylistic trends of English language popular music of the rock era, as well as of selected earlier popular forms which contributed to the development of music of the Rock era
2. Recognise the aural, textual and visual components of a substantial representative number of styles and specific songs of this period
3. Demonstrate aural awareness and critical listening skills through assigned- and in-class listening
4. Understand the intrinsically linked cultural, technological, and economic underpinnings of popular music
5. Demonstrate music research skills and confidence in written communication
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 3, 4, 5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesRequired Textbook available for purchase from UniBooks:
Covach, John and Andrew Flory. 2012. What's That Sound: An Introduction to Rock and Its History. New York: W. W. Norton.
Additional Required Resources:
*Required Listening: Approximately 80 songs comprise the required listening for this course. These are available as streaming (downloadable) audio in the MyUni course and as .mp3 files available for loan at the Elder Music Library
*Several info sheets containing information not in the textbook and a select number of lecture slides will be available in the MyUni course
*Basic Elements of Popular Music': a list of basic music-technical terms/definitions that all students should learn will be available in the MyUni course
Recommended ResourcesA wealth of relevant material including journals, reference materials, and online sound and video resources, are available via the University Library's Music Database page: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/music/databases
Online LearningMyUni will be used to provide details of lecture and seminar content, set readings, and assignment instructions, as well as for assignment submission and announcements
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will cover and explore the range of topics as set out in the Course Outline. Spoken word delivery will be supported by a large number of A/V exhibits.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to the 3 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 6-8 hours per week in reviewing lecture notes, preparing the assigned readings and assigned listening, undertaking suggested readings and listening, revising for exams, and researching and writing the course essay.
Learning Activities SummaryThe following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course. Some topics and ordering of topics may vary.
Introduction to the Course; Introduction to Musical Terms; 'Four Themes' for Studying Rock Era Popular Music
The World Before Rock 'n' Roll (19th c. - 1920s)
The World Before Rock 'n' Roll (1920s-1950s)
Rock 'n' Roll (mid-late 1950s)
The Early Sixties: The Demise of Rock-'n'-Roll and the Promise of Soul (Girl Groups, Dance Music, and the Rise of the Pop/Rock Producer)
Folk Music Revivalists; The Beach Boys and the Beatles in the early Sixties; Beatlemania and the 'British Invasion'
American responses to the 'British Invasion'
Folk Rock in the mid-1960s; Dylan, the Beatles and ‘Serious’ Pop Song Lyrics of the mid-Sixties
Motown Pop and Southern Soul Music in the 1960s
California Counter-Culture and the Evolution of Psychedelic Rock in the 1960s
British Psychedelic Rock; Rock Festivals; Blues-Rock
Singer-Songwriters; Progressive Country and the Development of Country-Rock in the late Sixties/early Seventies; The Growing influence of Rock Music on the Popular Mainstream in the 1970s
British Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, and Glam in the early Seventies
Black Pop, Reggae, Funk and Disco in the Seventies
Punk and New Wave in the late 1970s; Indie Bands and Post-Punk Legacy of the 1980s
1980s Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
Rap and Hip Hop in the 1970s-80s and beyond; Grunge, Metal and other Alternative Styles in the 1980s
Alternative Styles of the 1990s
Pop (not Rock) in the 1960s-70s; The Avant-Garde in Rock and Pop 1960s-80s
1980s Electronica and later trends in electronic dance and pop
Popular Music in the Early 21st Century: Trends in Technology, Commerce, and Consumption
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Exam 1 Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4 1000 word brief position paper Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Exam 2 Summative 35% 1, 2, 3, 4 1500 word essay Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment DetailExam #1, 45 mins in duration, will assess material from the lectures, assigned readings and assigned listening as presented during the first 5 weeks of the course.
Students will complete an 800-1000 word brief position paper in which the present an argument in favour of one of a dozen or more provided statements concerning popular music.
Exam #2, 75 mins in duration, will mostly assess material from the lectures, assigned readings and assigned listening as presented during the final 7 weeks of the course. A small portion of questions will require recall of material from the first part of the course.
Students will research and write a 1500 word essay which addresses one of three given topics and which involves comparing the work of two artists/groups of the student's choosing.
SubmissionWritten assignments should be submitted electronically as .pdf via MyUni, by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.
Late assignment policy:
Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks per calendar day applied.
Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. To apply for an extension, use the medical/compassionate application form available at:
The completed form should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium Office, either in person at the Music Office front desk (Schulz Building Level 9, access via western Schulz lifts) or via email:
Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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