Joseph Gallo

Joseph Gallo, B.A., M.A.

Music, Fine Arts


Phone: 714-484-7031

Office Hours : Monday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. , 4:00 p.m.-6:00p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Location: Fine Art Building Room 206


MUS 117C American Popular Music History

Cypress College
MUS 117C-American Popular Music Online 9 WEEK COURSE

Instructor: Mr. Joseph C. Gallo


Office Hours: Virtual M 7:30A-8:00A T 9:15A-11:00A

Office MW 9:15-10:30A TH 9-10:15A

Phone: (714) 484-7031wk
Response time is generally within 24 hrs.  Weekends will be answered on Monday.

Class Time: This Course meets on Online M 12 P-1:30 P

Room : Virtual Classroom CCC Confer

Course Identification

Course Number: MUS 117 C, American Popular Music Online   CRN# 12143

Semester: Fall 2013 August 26, 2013 – Oct 27, 2013

Prerequisites: NA

Course Description

A historical and musical study of American popular music from its origin to the present. The primary focus will be on musical styles with secondary emphasis on sociological, political, and economic conditions which influenced the music of America. Concert attendance required. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

Course Objectives

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

    1. Identify American popular music styles.

    2. Trace the development of musical styles.

    3. Define the musical terms assigned to popular music.

    4. Compare various performance styles within a style period.

    5. Appraise a specific musician giving specific examples of his/her music and contribution to a particular style.


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss styles, elements and artists that are appropriate to the subject and demonstrate a general understanding of the social and cultural ideas that affect the history of American Popular Music with 75% accuracy.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to identify styles, composers and time periods of recorded music with 75% accuracy.


"Popular Music in America, The Beat Goes On" by Michael Campbell 4th Edition You may order your books online from the campus bookstore at link to bookstore.

Students will need access to the Internet.

Music Library: The Music Library is located on the second floor of Fine Arts Building, Room FA 212

Materials: Internet Access

Topics, Assignments and Due Dates
Each week students will need to complete the following.

1. Complete the assigned reading for each week and learn the glossary at the end of each chapter.

2. Go to the Course Website. Go to Tools on the left menu, and then go to Discussion Board Complete the questions for each week.

3. You will be emailed a set of worksheets to complete. The Internet Exercise provided for each chapter. Email the responses to me at Please copy and paste answers in the body of the message as I do not accept attachments

4. You will need to go to CCC Confer and go to the Teach and Confer. Find your course and log in to the classroom. Read the lecture posted each week. It is NOT mandatory for you to be in the classroom during classtime, but you will need to go to the classroom some time during the week and Participate in the classroom by asking questions or making comments on material covered.

Homework needs to be completed by Thursday 8:00AM each week. Late assignments are not accepted. 3 point deduction for each missed assignment.

Students will be required to attend one concert and write a review of the concert using the information guide for music in films.

Mid Term DUE Sept 16, 2013

The Mid-Term will be a review of the MUSIC from 6 of the following films. Films are in light blue. These reviews should contain information about:

      • genre

      • composer

      • lyrical content

      • tessitura

      • harmony

      • orchestration

      • texture

      • how the music was used in these films.

The Final will be a comprehensive test on all material covered in the books, films and lectures. The test will include a "drop the Needle" listening quiz that will cover all the music in the book, the movies or lectures.

Quizzes will be given weekly or as determined necessary by instructor

1st Week Ch1 A Matter of Style: Describing Popular Music pgs1-13 

"Stars and Stripes Forever" or "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

Ch2 The Beginnings of American Popular Music pgs17- 34

2ndWeek Ch3 The Emergence of Black Music pgs37- 52

"Showboat" or "Oklahoma"

Ch4 Popular Song in the Modern Era pgs55-78 

"Singin’ In the Rain"

3rd Week  Ch5 The Swing Era pgs81-90

"Porgy and Bess"  

Ch6 In From the Outskirts: Blues, Gospel, 1925-1950 pgs93-105


4thWeek Ch7 Country and Folk Music Come in From the Outskirts 109-130 My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof

Ch8 Latin Music In the United States 1900’s -1950 pgs133-140

5thWeek Ch9 Popular Music Matures: Musical Theater, Modern Jazz

Pgs 143-155

Ch10 Rhythm and Blues 1946-1954 pgs159-167

" West Side Story"

6thWeek Ch11 Rock and Roll pgs171-194

"Blackboard Jungle"

Ch12 The Rock Revolution 1964-1970 pgs197-229

"Jesus Christ SuperStar"

7thWeek  Ch13 Rock and R&B after 1970 pgs 233-251


Ch14  New Trends of the Late 1970s pgs 255- 275

"Saturday Night Fever"

8thWeek Ch15 Latin Music Since 1960 Pgs 279-287

Ch16 Country Music in the Rock Era Pgs 291-308


9thWeek  Ch17 Electronica and Rap pgs 312-330


Ch 18 Beyond Rock in the 1980’s Pgs 334-354

Due Date for all material Oct 14, 2013 8:00 AM

Final Oct 21, 2013

Concert Review

Students will be required to attend one concert and write a review of what they heard and saw. This review should include: Instrumentation, Harmonization, Texture, Description of Melodies, Tessitura, Style of Music, Titles of Songs, Rhythms used, and any interesting facts about the artist. There are Concerts given at the Cypress College, Cal State Universities, and venues throughout the area, many are free or low cost to the public. For a list of dates for these concerts, contact the Music Department Library. This concert review is due by Oct. 1, 2013. The Concert Review is Mandatory! You will not receive a grade above a "C" without your concert review!!!


Grading policy

The instructional method for this class is lecture, textbook assignments, research activities and classroom discussions. Grading is based as follows:

Students will be graded on the following:

Mid-Term and Final 20% of total grade

IE Worksheets 30% of total grade

Discussion Boards 40% of total grade

Concert Reviews 10%

Attendance/Participation There will be an additional 4 point deduction for any incomplete or late work or missed assignments.
Grading And Tests: A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C= 70-79 D= 60-69 F 0-59

Academic honesty policy: Students shall not plagiarize, which is defined as stealing or passing off as one’s own ideas or words of another and as using a creative production without crediting the source. Please click on and click on the "Schedule and Catalog" link.  This is the Cypress College Academic Honesty Policy, which can also be found in the 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Attendance: Regular attendance is expected of every student. Attendance at the first class meeting is strongly recommended since a full period of instruction begins the first day of the class. Any student not attending the first class meeting may be dropped by the instructor. In the case where a class is taught entirely online, instructors may drop students who have not been in contact with the instructor by the end of the first day of classes for that semester or short-term session. and click on the "Schedule and Catalog" link.   2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Absences: After a student accumulates in any class more than a week’s absences (more than the number of times the class meets per week), consecutive or nonconsecutive, an instructor may drop the student according to the drop deadline dates. No absence excuses a student from making up class work missed. Students should realize that undue absences may adversely affect their grades. Each missed day will count as a 4 point deduction in your final grade. 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Student Responsibility: While an instructor may drop a student who has poor attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to officially drop the class 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog Refer to the class schedule for further instruction on "How to Add/Drop a Class".

Admissions and Records The first contact students will generally have with Cypress College is Admissions and Records . The Office provides clear and concise information to all members of the community. The Admissions and Records Office is located on the first floor of the Student Center 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy: Students, who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, including sexual harassment, or who seek information regarding the District’s Unlawful Discrimination Policy, should contact the Office of the District Director of Human Resources. 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Food/Beverage Policy: No food in the class room! Only water will be allowed.

Pager/Cell Phone Policy:

All electronic devices will be turned off during class time. Please turn these devices off before entering. Use of these devices in class may lead to the student being asked to leave the classroom incurring a recorded absence.

Student Services

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Campus Safety provides escort service upon request at (714) 484-7387.

Special Needs DSPS

Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodations should make a specific request of the instructor at the beginning of the semester or one week prior to the specified need. Refer to the

2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog for more information.

Advisement/Counseling The Webpage for counselors and their e-mail addresses is located under Counseling on the Cypress College Website at

Availability of On-Campus Computers On-campus computers for student use are in the Cypress College Library Learning Resource Center. The library web page provides access to an online catalog listing the library holdings from Cypress, Fullerton, Golden west, Orange Coast, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach.  Students will need their campus ID card to check books out from these libraries.

Tips For Success The successful student is independent, self-motivated, willing to learn on-their-own, and willing to ask questions as soon as questions arise.  They are also good with written instructions, good at expressing themselves in writing, and are aware that technology is as much a convenience as a barrier. Stay on task and be aware of your personal timelines when completing assignments.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)  OWL brings the writing center services to cyberspace. Besides a host of links and downloadable handouts for writers, the OWL also offers interactive exercises, Power Point lessons, tutor email and a tutor chat room. OWL is located at: