Popular Music

Glenn AppellExplore the roots of the music that you know and love and expand your musical horizons. DVC's Popular Music Studies is for students whose passion is popular music and who want to delve into the cultural and historical contexts behind the music. Previous musical experience is not required.

MUSIC-117 History of Rock and R & B
MUSIC-118 History of Jazz


Glenn Appell
Prof. of Popular Music

Glenn is a professional musician and educator who has been teaching at the college level for twenty years. Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, He currently coordinates popular music studies at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA , where he teaches Jazz History, Rock and R&B History, American Popular Music History, Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos including Latin Jazz . He is the former director of the jazz program at Contra Costa College in addition to teaching at Solano College and Ohlone College. He received his B.S. in Music Performance and Education from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1980 and received his interdisciplinary MA in Multicultural Music Education from San Francisco State University in 1998. Glenn has published on jazz education and music advocacy in urban schools.

In addition Glenn is the co-author of the recently published textbook American Popular Music: A Multicultural History. Co-authored by David Hemphill, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education at San Francisco State University, the text was published by Thomson Schirmer (2006) and includes a 2 CD set of listening examples. The interdisciplinary text provides a sweeping survey that tells the story of American popular music from African American, European American, Latino, Asian and Native American perspectives. Of particular interest is an extensive chapter on the history of Mexican American/Chicano music, an area that rarely receives the academic attention it deserves. The text has received rave reviews from a number of popular music scholars and historians including George Lipsitz, Daniel Sheehy, and Chris Strachwitz. For more information on the textbook visit www.thomsonedu.com/music/appell

Terence Elliott

Dr. Terence Elliott
Prof. of Popular Music

Dr. Terence Elliott is an educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience. He is an accomplished pianist, composer and producer. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in 2010 and holds a masters’ degree in Creative Arts and a bachelors’ degree in Music and Black Studies that he earned at San Francisco State University. He is a former dean of Natural, Applied and Social Sciences, president of the Academic Senate and chair of the African American Studies Department, at Contra Costa College, from 1997-2014. In the fall of 2014, he rejoined the teaching ranks as a faculty member at Diablo Valley College.