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MU 333 - History of Rock and Roll

  • 3 credits
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Beginning with a study of the African-American musical styles that led to the creation of rock and roll, the course focuses on rock styles from the early blues-based rock and roll of the 1950s and the British Invasion of the 1960s, to Folk Rock, Psychedelia, Heavy Metal, Punk and New Wave, and other styles of the late twentieth century. Featured music and artists are examined from cultural, societal and analytic perspectives, with a special focus on how each genre not only represented its specific cultural era, but how individual artists and songs contributed to the perception of those same time periods.

Course content is divided into weekly units that have set deadlines for assignment submission, discussion contribution and scheduled exams, but the organizational structure allows each student to manage his or her own time in preparing work required for each deadline. Active listening to songs from a pre-determined musical example list is a major component of the course, and lecture content is delivered in the form of textbook and supplemental readings.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • What’s that Sound? , 6th Ed.
    John Coach and Andrew Flory
    ISBN: 978-0-393-87666-6
    Students should purchase Ebook & Learning Tools.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Students should purchase Ebook & Learning Tools.


Adam Torres

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Adam Torres, conductor and pianist, joined the faculty of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2011; he currently holds the rank of Senior Instructor and serves as Director of the Summer Residency Master of Music, Music Education – Conducting Specialization program.

An online-curriculum specialist, Mr. Torres' work with CSU encompasses a wide array of teaching and artistic contributions: courses taught include Music Appreciation, music theory, conducting, university orchestra, music research, and history courses in 19th Century music, Jazz, and Rock ‘n Roll. Adam additionally serves as the Instructor of Record for MU 590D, Continuing Education credits for the annual Colorado Music Educators Association Conference.