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MUS 237 – Music Appreciation – Rock and Roll

CRN#   50047

Instructor: Jennifer Martin

Contact information

Email Address: jmartin@cuesta.edu

Phone Number: 805-546-3100  x2790


Welcome to Rock Music Appreciation at Cuesta College.  This course will provide an approach to learning about popular music of the 1950s to the present. There will be discussions on the lives of performers, songwriters, and genres and trends in popular music. I hope that the course will broaden your musical horizons and help you to develop important listening skills.  Specific course information will be given in the syllabus as well as a schedule for each week of the semester. I am looking forward to being your instructor this semester and I hope that this course will be a worthwhile experience for you.


Instructor Contact Expectations:  The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course 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 e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the Monday 10/14 start of classes, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/)  into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.  THE CLASS WILL GO "LIVE" ON MONDAY JUNE 15.

If you are not familiar with logging into Canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site.. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu

Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. and take the "self-assessment " and review all the resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

You should log onto the course each Monday to see what is coming up for the week.  Check your email at least daily for announcements and other information.

Course Description

Introduces the non-music major to the history and literature of the popular music movement in the United States. Emphasizes musical styles and personalities from 1950s to the present.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of American Popular Music.

2. Identify specific pieces of popular music literature.

3. Identify important artists of American Popular Music.

Text Book and Materials

  • ROCK AND ROLL:  IT'S HISTORY AND STYLISTIC DEVELOPMENTS   Stuessy and Lipscomb, Pearson   ISBN 13:  978-0-205-24697-7  Available in the college bookstore

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url:  https://cuesta.instructure.com or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site..



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: Please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site..

Add / Drop Policy:  In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  When you sign in to Canvas, you'll see a navigation bar on the left side of your screen.  Click on "Courses" to bring up a list of your courses that are using Canvas.  Clicking on our course will take you to a list of Modules.  Each module represents one week of coursework.  Below each bolded heading in each module (for example, Getting Acquainted), you'll see when that activity is due, and the grading points attached to each activity.  Note that the dates shown are when the activity is DUE, not when you should start them.  Check in to your course each Monday or earlier to get started on the work for the week.  Proceed through the activities shown for each week in order.    For each week (module) click on the top link, "Introduction to Week X."  After reading the brief introduction, you can proceed through the module by clicking the "Next" button and doing each activity.  REMEMBER:  the MODULES page is like the "homepage" for the class.  Start there each week, and follow the activities in order.  Each week's module will be released on Friday of the previous week.

In Canvas, you can check your grades at any time.  Simply click on the "Grades" link to see how you are doing.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Late work is NOT accepted.  Each assignment or quiz for each week (if any) will be due on Friday at 11:00 a.m. each week.  Be careful to submit all work on time!  Remember that just because an assignment or quiz is due on each Friday at 11:00, you should NOT wait until Friday right before that time to submit the work!  You can submit at ANY time up to Friday at 11:00 a.m.


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