This Fall at New York University, RRFF Executive Director, Dr. Warren Zanes, and NYU's Phil Galdston, Professor in the Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, have been teaching a course for undergraduate and graduate students entitled "Songwriting History and Criticism: 14 Songs."
NYU students enrolled in the class have been using various materials drawn from the Rock and Roll: An American Story website as they have investigated fourteen of the most significant recordings from the Rock and Roll era and beyond. Core songs include "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Good Vibrations," "Living for the City," "Purple Haze," "A Case of You," and more. Each recording is related to its historical moment in music and world history.
As a demonstration of the RRAS materials' ability to work at the university level, the course has been a welcome success. University level educators interested in the nature of this classroom adventure are welcome to reach out to us for a more detailed description of the experience.