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English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 4 min), 7 readings
1 video
7 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
General Overview10m
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Music Fundamentals10m
Listening Guides (19 videos)10m
About the Professor10m
2 hours to complete

The World Before Rock and Roll (1900-1955)

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 95 min)
11 videos
Radio and Regional vs National Audiences8m
The Stars of Pop Music Before Rock and Roll12m
Les Paul, Inventor - The Role of Technology6m
Origins of Country & Western (pre WWII)9m
The Rise of Nashville13m
Rhythm and Blues (Pre 1945)7m
Rhythm & Blues (Post 1945)11m
Regional R&B Radio in the 1950s6m
Doo Wop and Gospel6m
Hokum Blues and Sexual Lyrics5m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The Birth and First Flourishing of Rock and Roll (1955-59)

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 88 min)
8 videos
Radio and Records12m
Crossovers and Covers10m
The First Rock and Rollers Cross Over13m
The Rise of Elvis Presley12m
Sam Phillips Selling Elvis Contract3m
Rockabilly in the Wake of Elvis12m
The Day the Music Died11m
1 practice exercise
The World Before Rock and Roll and The Birth and First Flourishing of Rock and Roll1h
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The Demise of Rock and the Promise of Soul (1959-63)

1 hour to complete
9 videos (Total 81 min)
9 videos
The Brill Building Approach to Pop8m
Teen Idols6m
Producers and Girl Groups9m
Sweet Soul7m
TV, Movies, and Dance Crazes15m
The Folk Revival10m
Rockabilly Popsters8m
Surf Music10m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The Beatles and the British Invasion (1964-66)

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 83 min)
10 videos
The Early 1960s in the US & UK11m
The Rise of the Beatles11m
Beatles as Students of American Pop Music5m
Beatles From Craftsmen to Artists9m
Blues in the UK4m
The Rolling Stones Emerge7m
The Stones in The States5m
Other British Bands10m
The Kinks and the Who12m
1 practice exercise
The Demise of Rock and the Promise of Soul (1959-63) and The Beatles and the British Invasion (16964-66)1h

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