Hail, Hail Rock and Roll
By Abby Rollinger
Teacher, Jay Villing, is rolling in a new history course that is sure to rock the classroom. The History of Rock and Roll will officially be one of the social study department’s elective options for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Accomplishing this, however, was no small feat.
“My dad was the inspiration behind it,” says Villing while describing how he cultivated the class’s concept. “I grew up with my dad playing old records.” This constant exposure to the genre from an early age made Villing’s love for the music grow as he did. At the age of ten, Villing’s father took him to his first concert at LeSourdsville Park to see Chuck Berry. What happened next is what every teenage girl dreams about happening at their favorite artist’s show. “When we walked in it was the coolest thing. Leaning up against the restroom was Chuck Berry, with a cigarette in his mouth and his guitar on the ground at his feet.” Seeing an amazing rock and roll legend in such a personal way really made an impression on Villing that has helped contribute to what has become a lifelong passion of music.
It was this unadulterated appreciation that led him to thinking up the class. “I approached Mr. Klus about 2 years ago,” recalls Villing, “I talked a little more about it last year and then finally this year I really pushed for it.” With the help of vice principle, Anna Downey, and a little determination, Villing was finally able to make his idea a reality. “There are very few things in life I regret, but one of the few regrets I have is not following through,” says Villing. “It is going be a bit more work for me. There’s going to be a lot more preparation.” In the end, though, Villing decided that all the work would be well worth it.
For Villing, music is something universal that everyone can relate to in one way or another. “Everyone likes music,” says Villing. You don’t have to like rock to love this class- it’s just the base. “The key component of the class is to show the connection between society and music. Both are working in concert with each other.” Essentially, students will be able to see how music not only influences society, but reflects the major changes and beliefs within it. Cool concept, right?
So, underclassmen, if you’re interested in discovering the deeper meaning behind the ‘music revolution,’ then make sure to sign up for the class next year! As Chuck Berry sang, “The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule. American history and practical math,” and now the History of Rock and Roll.