Music & Protest: 1960’s Legacy

Full Course Title: 
Music and Protest: The Legacy of the 1960s
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
141: TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm
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153: TR 3:30 – 4:45 pm
Fall 2016
The Arts
Civic Engagement

This course examines some of the most significant movements that emerged during the 1960s, and invites the student to choose one or more of these issues to be the focus for in-depth study. The 1950s set the stage for much of what transpired in the subsequent decade: the war in Vietnam and the subsequent anti-war movement, the civil rights movement, and the beginnings of the feminist and environmental movements all burst upon the consciousness of the nation not long after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The protest music of the 1960s celebrated the emergence of the new movements and chronicled their progress. The music was instrumental in communicating new visions that drove revolutions in social thought and political discourse. At the same time, reaction to these new visions, and their excesses, sowed the seeds for much today’s social and political discourse. Just what can be learned and applied to today’s world from this interesting and turbulent decade is what this course explores.


Dr. Ochoa lived in Austin, Texas during the late 1960s, where he was involved with the “Austin Music Scene.” He was active and acutely conscious of the various social movements that were happening at that time, including opposition to the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the beginnings of the feminist and environmental movements, and others. Dr. Ochoa received his undergraduate and Masters degrees from San José State University (California) in music theory and composition, and his Doctoral degree from The College-Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati (Ohio) in instrumental conducting. In 2009, Dr. Ochoa moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Asheville, NC, where he taught at Asheville-Buncombe Community College and currently resides with his wife Karen and son Victor. In the Fall of 2015 he began teaching at Appalachian State University, and he plans to move to Boone in the near future

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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