MUS 470A

Test One Study Guide
(1950s Rock)

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There will be five listening examples on each test.  You will be asked to state:

  • the song title (not too difficult since the lyrics usually contain the title ;-)

  • the artist/band

  • a musical characteristic based on what you hear (This must be more than simply stating "guitar," for example.  If you happened to mention guitar, you would need to describe what the guitar is doing--something like:  guitar is playing easy fills behind lead singer, etc.)

  • another musical characteristic, or, the song decade (not a brainteaser on this test, but it may become more challenging on later tests).

Most of the questions will be multiple choice.  A few will be matching or short answer.  Content will be based on the text and class lectures ... no matter how boring they may be.

Know the time frame when rock music became established.

Know which three musical styles merged to form rock music, and which had the greatest influence.

Be able to describe cover and crossover songs.

Know what Tin Pan Alley contributed.

Be familiar with what the Majors were.

Know who the Big Six rock artists in the '50s were, and something about each one.

Be familiar with the origins of the term "to rock."

Know who was the premier rock deejay in the '50s.

Have a handle on what song is considered by some rock historians to be the first rock tune.

Be able to name artists associated with each of the three styles which merged to form rock.

You will be given a list of musical characteristics of the various '50s styles.  Be able to match each list with the appropriate genre.

Know what key ingredient resulted in the development of rock as a separate style.

Be familiar with the entity known as the 12-bar blues progression (in terms of its general makeup).  You won't have to be a music major to get this one.

Be able to identify the first rock tune to make its impact on the national popular market (No. 15 on Billboard's best-selling list).

Know what rock tune was catapulted to fame via the movie, The Blackboard Jungle.

Be able to identify the contribution that rhythm made to rock music.

Be familiar with the primary characteristics of the doo-wop style.

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