Take a fun and exciting listening journey into the 'pop' music of the 20th century. Learn about the Blues and why it is so important to pop music. Discover Ragtime and the first self-playing music machine. Find out how swing bands in the 1930's became rock & roll in the 1950's. Where did Country music come from? What were disco and punk music? How did Hip Hop begin? Why is Rap music so important? By the end of the program, you will be able to identify famous tunes, composers, and performers who were the driving forces leading us to the pop music of today..

A History of Pop Music from 1900 to 2000

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Blues, Ragtime & Dixieland Jazz

Week 3: Swing & Country

Week 4: Rock and Roll

Week 5: Rock & Folk

Week 6: Disco, Punk & Soul

Week 7: Electronic & Hip Hop

Week 8: Alternative, Grunge & Rap

Workshop Schedule

Two Sessions to Choose From:

*Eight classes delivered once a week on Tuesday's at 1pm-1:45pm*

*Classes are from March 30 -  May 18*

*Eight classes delivered once a week on Friday's at 4pm-4:45pm*

*Classes are from April 2 -  May 21*

Meet the Team


Dani Gardner


Dani Gardner is a graduate of Laguardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts in New York City, where she studied trumpet performance. She interned with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program for three years, and was a very young composer herself, as she wrote her first piece of music in the fifth grade. Now, Dani double majors in classical trumpet performance and English, and has a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality studies. Dani is a composer, teaches piano and ukulele lessons, and plays trumpet in a New Paltz funk band called What?


Julian Baker


Julian currently teaches music classes at Marist College as well as private lessons on piano and guitar in the area and remotely. His experience in music stretches wide and far giving him a wealth of knowledge to impart on others. He has played in orchestras, worked in recording studios, composes music and performs in bands in the area. He is excited to be working with Roost Studios on their Smart Arts collection of arts and music workshops and is creating a workshop that will introduce young people to the variety of popular music throughout the 20th century.

"Rockin' Through the Years"