From Rag to Rap!
The Evolution of Popular Music
from the 1900s to the Present
What is Popular Music?
•Opinions on Popular Music
•What popular music do you
•What music do your
parents listen to?
•What is American Music?
What We Will Learn…
Music and Events from the different eras.
Different musical styles like Jazz, Rock n’ roll, and Hip
hop music will be discussed. We will study the evolution
of American Pop music from the 1900 to the present. We
will analyze these styles and be able to discuss and
explain what is distinctive of each style of music. We will
also discuss important events in US history and
understand its impact in music.
We will learn to visually and aurally
identify rhythmic, melodic and
harmonic patterns of each musical
Names of famous people who influenced
American popular music.
example: Scott Joplin, Elvis Presley
We will talk about their contributions to the
development of American pop music. What they did to
introduce their musical style and what they had to
overcome to do it.
What We Will Create…
Create and perform rhythmic, melodic and
harmonic accompaniments to a given musical work.
Example: play chords on keyboard, write syncopated
patterns for drums.
Power point presentation about a particular musical style
and the era it was from.
Newsletter, Brochure or Poster about a famous person who
influenced American pop music.
Music Video of a musical style that includes singing and
playing musical instruments.
How will we be graded for the unit ?
Class participation and
behavior 50 pts
projects 25 pts
Group project 25 pts
Total 100 pts