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MUSIC-107 - History of Rock & Roll - Jon Amador

Course:History of Rock & Roll
Professor:Jon Amador
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to History of Rock & Roll, MUSIC-107 online section. This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. Because the course is 100 percent online, we will not meet on-campus for the duration of the course. All tests, exams, assignments, and conferences will be conducted online. There will be an official schedule published on the 1st day, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration. The link to the course is:

Course Description

Explores the rise of Rock & Roll as a musical genre and examines its place in modern society.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between various styles of rock and roll.
  2. Trace the evolution of rock & roll through different historical and social periods.

What to Expect in this Course


In order to be counted as “present” and attending the course, the college requires that you attend the first day of instruction, and begin to complete coursework at that time. IMPORTANT: If you do not login and complete the first assignments by the end of the first week of the session, you will be dropped from the course (aka “No Show” Drop). FOR THIS COURSE, You need to login, and complete the instructions and tasks located in the Mandatory Orientation Module, no later than 72 hours from the start date of the course.

The coursework consists mainly of reading from the course text, viewing and listening to recordings and musical performances, and writing and responding to prompts given by the instructor related to topics in the course outline. Although we will not have live video/synchronous communication, I will offer a few opportunities to share in the viewing and critiquing of media in scheduled informal "office hours" style supplemental meetings (these will be optional and attendance will not be required for passing the course).

There are no term projects, but there will be 2-4 short writing assignments, requiring outside research of specific musical artists and styles, and sharing your knowledge and research with the class via class-wide discussions. 

Types of Assessments

The course involves assigned reading from the official course textbook, articles and video clips from websites, and various news and other audio/visual media online. Coursework consists of short research and viewing of media assignments, discussions, tests, and exams to do according to a prescribed schedule.

Textbook Information

Obtain the course textbook: the text contains all of our reading, listening and viewing materials for the course.


Or go to: You will be directed to a page whose top screen will look like this:

There, under the STUDENT tab, you will have following options: 

  • Purchase
  • Register
  • Login
  • Student Help

Click on the PURCHASE option to purchase an access code for the course text. You will be directed to the Connect For Education Online Store ( The access code you will need to purchase is as follows:

OnMusic™ Rock Third Edition ISBN # 978-0-9991160-1-2


Once you have purchased your access code, click REGISTER. Once you’ve done that, a new screen will appear which will allow you to register the access code you purchased:

Please provide all the requested information for each of the empty slots, including the access code you purchased.  This process will create a username and password which will be used to access the course text. Once you’ve completed your access code registration, you can login to your course directly through the college’s webpage at  


OR from the college bookstore:

IF YOU CHOOSE TO PURCHASE / RENT THE TEXT through the COC Bookstore: From your web browser, go to:

There, under the COURSE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS tab select FIND COURSE MATERIALS. If you have already registered for, sign in using your username and password.

Otherwise, in the form below, select “Spring 2024” “Music Department” “MUSIC-107” and “73802” in the form fields, then select the “Retrieve Materials” button.

Click on the PURCHASE option to purchase an access code for the course text

Once you have purchased your access code, click REGISTER.

Once you’ve completed your access code registration, you can login to your course directly through the college’s webpage at  

Other Relevant Course Information

All course materials for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome recommended, however, Firefox, Safari, IE 9, should work as well);
  • QuickTime player software for viewing video materials (free player, available through Apple’s website at:
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at:
  • There will additional software used for scheduled online meetings (these are synchronous ‘real-time’ meetings held online, on dates listed below); the CCC Confer web conferencing software will be used for real-time communication via web conferences (see below).
  • CCC Confer can be accessed here (software/system is free of charge):
  • Workload for online classes: Because we don’t meet on-campus, there are additional assignments and activities that require online research. On average, students will spend between 90-130 hours of study for this course over the full-length semester. If at any point in the session you have difficulty keeping up with course content/assignments, please do not hesitate to contact me; I will also make an effort to check in regularly with you via
  • Circumstances may arise which require modifications of the above guidelines and the following schedule of assignments for the course, as deemed necessary by The instructor reserves the right to make necessary changes, in compliance with COC academic policies.


  • Log-in to canvas at on the first day of the course.
  • For any Canvas related issues please call Canvas Student Support:
    (661) 362-3344 during college business hours or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support.
  • For technical support using Canvas, visit the Canvas tech Support page for students.


  • You will need regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection.
  • Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account (
  • A Canvas smartphone app is available to download! (Canvas by Instructure)


  • The Learning Center (TLC) provides FREE face-to-face and ONLINE tutoring, proctoring for courses that have required proctored exams, Study Jam review sessions, computers with over 300 software programs, and more! Go to:
  • Academic Accommodation Center (AAC) provide educational services and access for eligible students with documented Find information about this program and how to access these services at:
  • Online Counseling can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration. Visit the Online Counseling website to learn
  • Quest for Success is an online learning experience that can help you master the skills you need to be effective in an online or hybrid course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 04/10/2024 Sub#: 1200