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Past Event

Adult Education Series

Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll, Part I

Class Schedule: Thursdays – Sept. 15, Sept. 22 & Sept. 29 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

When the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame nominations occur every year, the debate ignites: just what is rock?  Instead of drawing from one genre, rock ’n’ roll draws from several, all combining to create a sumptuous gumbo that rapidly captured the world’s imagination.

This three-session virtual course taught by Kit O’Toole – the first of a two-part course – explores how gospel, blues, and jazz contributed to the development of the music of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and much more. How gospel, blues and jazz impacted instrumentation, vocal style, and composition will also be studied. In addition to multimedia presentations, class discussion and activities will enable attendees to identify the essential elements of rock.

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration.