History of Rock and Roll Syllabus
Spring 2018

Gunnar Eisel: VT 305 E-mail: geisel@citruscollege.edu

Test 1: Study Guide and Listening Examples
Test Dates:
MW: 11:30 and 1:05 classes: Wednesday, March 21
TTH 9:55 class: Thursday, March 22
Tuesday night class, Tuesday. March 27

Units Material Covered Reading assignments
and selected slides
Unit 1 Pre-rock to Mid Fifties Rock

Chapter 1: Good Rockin' Tonight

Unit 2 1960's American Production Rock

Chapter 2: It's My Party

Unit 3 British Rock

Chapter 3: Satisfaction

Unit 4 The 1960's American Counterculture

Chapter 4: Like A Rolling Stone

Unit 5 1970's Art Rock

Chapter 5: Days of Future Passed

Unit 6 Punk

Chapter 6: Blank Generation

Unit 7 The 1980's

Chapter 7: Back in Black

Unit 8 The 1990’s and beyond

Chapter 8: Teen Spirit

Tests: Points Total:

4 Chapter Tests

50 200
Comprehensive Listening Test
Given the date of the last chapter test
25 25
Extra Credit:    
3 Listening Tests varies about 21
A (above 90%) 202 points  
B (80%) 180 points  
C (70%) 157 points  
D (60%) 135 points  
F (50% or less) 112 points or below  


Tests are based on lectures, films, and the chapter readings.
Tests are objective and given on 882 scantrons
Tests are not cumulative, except the comprehensive listening test

Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken by sign-up sheet.
10 points are deducted for each absence beyond two (2)

If you miss a test:
You may take ONE makeup test the day of the final.
There are no listening makeup tests.

Please turn OFF your cell phones.

1. discuss how cultural and social elements are reflected in music

2. demonstrate an ability to identify individual rock music styles

3. detect the values of music in everyday life and cite elements of musical heritage

4. identify the names and contributions of key rock personalities


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the evolution of popular music and its practitioners
from the 1940’s to the present day

2. Describe the various styles of music which led to rock and roll

3. Recognize various rock styles based on instrumentation,
performance practices and lyrical content

4. To discern historical styles and how these styles interact with
contemporary music Identify noteworthy songs
important to the history of rock music

5. To identify instruments used in rock music
and stylistic performance practices

6. To critique a rock work based on lyrical content,
emotional expression, delivery style, and instrumental technique

7 To recognize rock music as a rejuvenate, cyclical youth language
rather than a set of musical specific styles