History of Rock & Pop Music 2

Course Number: MUS-111DLCredit Hours: 2

Course Description

History of Rock 2 is a survey of Rock music from the 1980’s to present. Students will study music starting with the Hair Bands of the 80’s, New Wave and Pop music. Then the focus will shift to Seattle and the Grunge scene with bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden. Rock history 2 will conclude by studying modern Alternative Rock with Artists and bands such as Jack White, Radiohead, the Foo Fighters and Muse. 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 11 – The Early ‘80s: The Police, (and some Ska, Reggae and Punk bands that influenced them), Rush, The Buggles, Devo, Talking Heads
Lesson 12 – ’80s Mainstream Rock and Pop from the U.S.: Bruce Springsteen, Christopher Cross, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper


Week 2:

Lesson 13 – ‘80s Mainstream Rock (from around the world): U2, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses,
Aerosmith, Journey, Queen
Lesson 14 – Early 1990s Alternative (Grunge): Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden,
Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana


Week 3:

Lesson 15 – Focus on the ‘90s Female Artists and Woodstock ‘94: The Cranberries, Melissa
Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green
Day, Metallica
Lesson 16 – 1990s Third Wave of Ska: Save Ferris, The Aquabats, Reel Big Fish, Sublime, No

Week 4:

Lesson 17 – Late ‘90s – Early 2000s, Rap Metal, Nu Metal, Neo-Punk, Alternative Rock of
the 2000s: Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, The Strokes, Green Day,
Blink 182, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters
Lesson 18 – The Mid-2000s: Radiohead, The White Stripes, Plain White T’s, Muse


Week 5:

Lesson 19 – Focus on Female Lead Rock Bands of the 2000s, also Mainstream Rock bands
of the 2000s: Evanescence, Paramore, Kings of Leon, Coldplay
Lesson 20 – The Rock/Pop Music of Today

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a computer to view webpages 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: