MUSC12394 - History of Rock and Roll 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the history and cultural development of contemporary popular music from 1950 to the end of the 1960s. Your studies will focus on prominent composers, musicians, producers, bands and their repertoire; important forms and instruments; aural characteristics of the music, as well as the technological, sociological and political events that influenced musical trends during this period.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the important musical, structural and aural characteristics of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s
  2. Describe the contribution of significant composers, musicians, producers and bands to the development of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s
  3. Contextualise the principal stylistic trends of contemporary popular music within the important social and political movements from 1950 to the end of the 1960s

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Written Assessment          

Prescribed Textbooks

What's that sound? : an introduction to rock and its history
Author/s: Covach Year: 2015?
Edition: 4th Publisher: W. W. Norton
City: New York State: NY
Country: United States
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The 2nd, 3rd or 4th edition of this textbook will be fine. For all the readings, you'll be given the pages and chapters for your specific edition.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDavid Reaston (d.reaston@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Course introduction

Covach and Flory pp1-33

Week 2 13-03-2017

The sources of rock music

Covach and Flory pp34-73

Week 3 20-03-2017

The golden age of rock and roll 1

Covach and Flory pp75-94

Week 4 27-03-2017

The golden age of rock and roll 2

Covach and Flory pp95-111

Analysis Assignment 1 Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

The Brill Building

Covach and Flory pp112-134

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Early 60s pop

Covach and Flory pp135-153

Week 7 24-04-2017

The British Invasion

Covach and Flory pp154-191

Analysis Assignment 2 Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Folk and Pop

Covach and Flory pp192-209

Week 9 08-05-2017

Garage Bands and TV Bands

Covach and Flory pp215-221

Week 10 15-05-2017

Black Rock in the 1960s: Motown

Covach and Flory pp222-234

Week 11 22-05-2017

Black Rock in the 1960s: Stax and Atlantic

Covach and Flory pp235-253

Week 12 29-05-2017

Psychedelia

Covach and Flory pp254-295

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Research Assessment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Analysis Assignment 1
Task Description

Length: 900 words + 4 Listening Guides

Task

Choose one song that was first recorded in the 1950s and has been re-recorded by more than one artist over at least two decades other than the 1950s. This song can not be one covered in unit material or in the text book (Covach, John, & Flory, Andrew. (2015). What's that sound? : An introduction to rock and its history (Fourth ed.). New York: WW Norton & Company Incorporated.).

Once you have found the recording of the song in its earliest form and three different recordings (covers) of this song by different artists to complete the tasks below:

A: Using the course text book as a guide, create a ‘Listening Guide’ (see page 9 of text book) for each of the four songs (original and three covers). The listening guide should include:

  • Name of artist; title of song; catalogue number and brief description.
  • The form of the song
  • The time-signature(s) used
  • The instrumentation used
  • A time structure marking each main event
  • A link to song online (YouTube, SoundCloud etc)

B: Using the Listening Guides you have created, write 300 words on each cover comparing it to the original recording of the song. Make sure to:

  • Compare the instrumentation in each cover to the original
  • Compare the use of lead and backing vocals in each cover to the original
  • Discuss any other stylistic and musical changes made to the covers from the original.

Assessment submission and presentation

Your assessment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) and:

  • Must use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
  • May use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Listening Guides
  • Appropriate description of relevant song information (6%)
  • Appropriate description of form (5%)
  • Appropriate description of time-signature (4%)
  • Appropriate description of the instrumentation used (10%)
  • Appropriate description of structure of song including key events (20%)
Comparative Analysis
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on instrumentation in originals & covers (10%)
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on lead and backing vocals in originals & covers (10%)
  • Evidence of understanding of stylistic and musical changes from original to each cover (10%)
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on achievement made by each of the different covers (10%)
Writing Skills
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (10%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the important musical, structural and aural characteristics of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

2. Describe the contribution of significant composers, musicians, producers and bands to the development of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

3. Contextualise the principal stylistic trends of contemporary popular music within the important social and political movements from 1950 to the end of the 1960s

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Analysis Assignment 2
Task Description

Length: 1000 words + 4 Listening Guides

Task

Choose two songs that were recorded/released by the Beatles in the period of 1962 - 1964 and two songs that were recorded/released by the Beatles in the period of 1967 – 1969. These songs can not be ones covered in unit material or in the text book (Covach, John, & Flory, Andrew. (2015). What's that sound? : An introduction to rock and its history (Fourth ed.). New York: WW Norton & Company Incorporated.).

Find recordings of these four songs to complete the tasks below:

A: Using the course text book as a guide, create a ‘Listening Guide’ (see page 9 of text book) for each song. The listening guide should include:

  • Name of artist; title of song; catalogue number and brief description.
  • The form of the song
  • The time-signature(s) used
  • The instrumentation used
  • A time structure marking each main event
  • A link to song online (YouTube, SoundCloud etc)

B: Using the Listening Guides you have created, write a 1000 word essay comparing the two songs from the earlier period (1962-1964) with the two songs from the later period (1967-1969). Make sure to:

  • Compare the lyric content and structure
  • Compare the instrumentation in each song
  • Discuss any stylistic changes made between the two periods
  • Discuss any other musical changes made between the two periods

Assessment submission and presentation

Your assessment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) and:

  • Must use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
  • May use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Listening Guides
  • Appropriate description of relevant song information (6%)
  • Appropriate description of form (5%)
  • Appropriate description of time-signature (4%)
  • Appropriate description of the instrumentation used (10%)
  • Appropriate description of structure of song including key events (20%)
Comparative Analysis
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on lyric content and structure (10%)
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on instrumentation in each song (8%)
  • Evidence of understanding of stylistic and musical changes between the two periods (12%)
  • Depth of treatment of discussion on other musical changes made between the two periods (10%)
Writing Skills
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (10%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the important musical, structural and aural characteristics of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

2. Describe the contribution of significant composers, musicians, producers and bands to the development of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

3. Contextualise the principal stylistic trends of contemporary popular music within the important social and political movements from 1950 to the end of the 1960s

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Assessment
Task Description

Topic: Race, Genre and Rock and Roll

Length: 2000 - 2500 words

Task

Discuss how rock and roll during the 1950s and 1960s broke down the social and racial barriers between black and white Americans and the barriers between rhythm-and-blues, country and pop genres. Support your argument with examples from primary sources: text and music where appropriate.

Assessment submission and presentation

Your assessment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) and:

  • Must use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
  • May use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the completion of assessent.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Content:
  • Appropriateness of introduction (10%)
  • Relevance of material (10%)
  • Logical material progression (10%)
  • Development of argument or theme (10%)
  • Use of primary sources to support argument or theme (10%)
  • Synthesis of information (5%)
  • Appropriateness of conclusion (5%)

Reference list:

  • Referencing system precision (10%)
  • Ability to reference sources in the body of the text (10%)
  • Evidence of wide reading (5%)

General points:

  • Grammatical accuracy and spelling (5%)
  • Presentation and organisation (10%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the important musical, structural and aural characteristics of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

2. Describe the contribution of significant composers, musicians, producers and bands to the development of contemporary popular music from 1950 until the end of the 1960s

3. Contextualise the principal stylistic trends of contemporary popular music within the important social and political movements from 1950 to the end of the 1960s

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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