Popular Music

Explore 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
MUSIC-119 The History and Culture of Hip Hop Music

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.