History of Rock & Pop Music 1

Course Number: MUS-110DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

History of Rock and Pop Music 1 focuses on the beginnings of Rock & Roll music. Students will study Rock Music in the 1950’s with artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. Rock History 1 then moves to the “Golden Age” of rock music and focus on the 1960’s and the British Invasion, Folk Rock and Psychedelic Rock movements. This course finishes with the 1970’s and Classic Rock, Glam Rock and Prog (progressive) Rock. These topics will be explored via lectures, readings, listening examples and videos.

Dave Beyer

Dave Beyer is an in-demand professional drummer and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has toured, performed live and/or recorded with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Jim Messina, The Motels, Wilson Phillips, America, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Stephen Bishop, Buzzy Feiten, Jango and Debra Davis.

Dave is currently touring and recording with Christopher Cross, and played on the recently released in-concert DVD, “Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris.” Dave is also on Cross’s new CD, “Dr. Faith,” as well as the “30 Rock” Soundtrack and “Café Carlyle Sessions.” Dave is also tours with Wilson Phillips and Jim Messina. Dave has performed at major venues worldwide, including the Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall.

Dave also stays busy as a studio musician, and as a producer who runs his own studio, Beyer Recording. He has played on such TV shows as 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Extreme Home Makeover and Ally McBeal; films including Princess Diaries II and Happy Endings; as well as numerous TV spots and commercial jingles. Dave has also written for Modern Drummer magazine.

Week 1:

Lesson 1 – 1950s: Bill Haley & His Comets, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and other important artists from this decade
Lesson 2 – More 1950s: Focus on Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Scotty Moore


Week 2:

Lesson 3 – Early 1960s: Folk-Rock, Surf-Rock, Early years of the Beatles
Lesson 4 – Mid- to Late-‘60s: The Beatles, continued; The Summer of Love, Jimi Hendrix

Week 3:

Lesson 5 – The Beatles: Deeper focus on the Beatles
Lesson 6 – 1969: Focus on Woodstock concert artists


Week 4:

Lesson 7 – British Invasion: Focus on the Rolling Stones
Lesson 8 – Led Zeppelin: Focus on Led Zeppelin


Week 5:

Lesson 9 – 1970s Rock: The heavier side of the British Invasion, as well as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Progressive Rock
Lesson 10 – ‘70s continued: Jazz-Rock, Singer/Songwriters, Art-Rock, and Punk Rock

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a computer to view web pages with text, audio, and video examples.

You will need:

·         Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)

Software Requirements: