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MUS 237 Music Appreciation: Rock

Welcome to the Cuesta Distance Education section of Music Appreciation: Rock.

My name is Dylan Johnson and I will be your instructor for the online version of MUS 237.  I am an active professional musician in SLO county, and a Cuesta College professor for the last ten years.  I have been involved in rock music extensively over my career, and look forward to sharing my excitement about this music with you!  

IMPORTANT NOTE ON TEXTBOOK PRICE!  Online Textbook: Rock Music Styles: A History: Katherine Charlton/Connect Version 8th Edition  THIS TEXTBOOK IS $58.81 for the  First Day program of Connect access for the semester.  It will also be available directly in the course for a discounted price and will be charged directly to your registration account, saving you 50% off Connect access  (usually $120).   You also have the option of buying the textbook later via McGraw Hill Connect (link in class), or the bookstore for a higher price.

Instructor: Dylan Johnson

Email: dylan_johnson@cuesta.edu  

Office: SLO Campus, Room 7167, Performing Arts Building

Office Hours: By appointment only

Contact:  Please contact me via Canvas messaging or email. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours except for weekends and busy times of the semester when it may be up to 48 hours.

Start Here!

On the first day of the semester, log into Canvas via https://cuesta.instructure.com/, or the links in www.cuesta.eduLinks to an external site. or www.mycuesta.edu. Links to an external site.

Links to an external site.Use your myCuesta login and password to log into Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content.   The syllabus and first introductory assignment will be posted on Canvas at that time. If you would like to learn about Canvas now, here is a quick start pdf Links to an external site.that explains the basics and a series of videosLinks to an external site. that can aquaint you with the Canvas LMS environment. (To enter Canvas, just click the Canvas link at the top of www.cuesta.eduLinks to an external site. or go to www.cuesta.instructure.com.)


Course Overview: MUS 237 is a survey of the history of rock and roll and it’s relatic styles.  The course focuses on the 1940’s through the present

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to identify different styles of rock.
  • Students will be able to make discriminative judgments about the music studied.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical progression and development of rock.
  • The students will be able to identify specific performances of rock music.
  • The students will be able to describe the influence of rock music on other forms of musical expression.


We are going to be using the publisher's Connect offering; an online text that has a self study system that insures you have absorbed the material in the chapters.

Course Requirements: For each chapter, students will be required to read the textbook (and answer some reading retention questions) and listen to audio materials that will accessible from the Canvas site.  Additionally, for each chapter, students will be required to participate in a discussion forum and various assignments that are particular to each chapter (watching audio/visual presentations, writing personal responses etc.)  There will be short quizzes for each chapter, a midterm, and a non cumulative final exam. You will be required to watch one live music performance (pending COVID 19 situation) during the semester. More detailed information will be included in the course syllabus.


Is Online Instruction For You?

In an effort to assist the online student, Cuesta College’s Distance Education home pageLinks to an external site. provides a solid overview to distance education and resources to assist the online student.  On that page is a tutorial for students taking online courses for the first time, and technical requirements to check that you can succeed in the course with the computer you are accessing it with.   Taking the Self Assessment SurveyLinks to an external site. will help determine if an online course is right for you.  Please access these materials before the course begins to prepare for success.


Online Communication: Most of our communication for the online class will be through the written word. Please use the same respect and courtesy you would when speaking to a classmate or instructor in a face-to-face class. You may notice that the written word sometimes comes acrossharsher and you may be at a loss as to how to communicate a point. A term which may be new to you is netiquitte which refers to internet etiquette please visit http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html Links to an external site.for further explanation.


Course offered using Canvas: This online course will be using Canvas, a web-based learning management system as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the MUS 237 class including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using messaging, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and group.


Computer Requirement: Browser requirements/minimum computer specifications  (Please do not try to take DE courses on a smartphone.  For a low cost computer solution I highly recommend a new or used chromebook, which will cover all your needs for this and many Cuesta DE courses) http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.htmlLinks to an external site.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) offering a DSL, cable or satellite (not dial-up

modem) internet Connection

➢ A myCuesta Gmail address.  All students receive this after registration. If you need assistance with your myCuesta.edu account please contact Admissions and Records on the San Luis Obispo campus.

Software: Microsoft Office Professional 2011 (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) or Google Docs You may purchase the Office software at a discount through the California Community College FoundationLinks to an external site.

Sound Card, speakers or headset (You need access to sound on your computer)

Please do not try to take this class on a 


Cuesta College Policies:


DSPS-  If you have a disability and might need accommodations (support services) in this class, please contact Disabled Student Program Services in Building 3300 as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the accommodations in a timely manner. http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/dsps/Links to an external site.



Student Academic Policy, Student Code of Conduct, and Student Computer Technology Access Agreement:

http://academic.cuesta.edu/president/2008BP/BP5000/AP%205500_Standards%20of%20Conduct.pdfLinks to an external site.


I look forward to working with you!  Please email me with any questions!

Best regards,

Dylan Johnson


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