The History of Popular Music
To indentify and describe the historical context of music.
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of music specified for this grade (see
below) through listening to, performing, and creating music
- use correctly the musical terminology associated with the specific expectations for this grade
- communicate their understanding and knowledge of music in appropriate ways
- identify and perform music of a variety of cultures and historical periods
- describe some aspects of the historical context of music that you sing, play, or listen to
- communicate your thoughts and feelings about the music you hear, using language
and a variety of art forms and media
In groups of two or three, examine music of a specific style and genre from a specific time period.
You will present your research and the connections you have made in the form of a presentation
which incorporates elements of drama, music and possibly dance.
Aspects to Consider:
Lyrics – What subjects were common? Are there features of the lyrics that are similar within this
Fashion – How did artists in this genre dress? Did it influence the fashion of the people that
listened to this music?
Technology – What impact did technological advancements have on the musis?
Instrumentation – What instruments were commonly used? How were they used?
Connections to World Events – How did major world events shape the culture at the time? How
did it shape music?
Unique features of this culture – What aspects of the culture who created and listened to this music
were unique to this time, place, and genre? (e.g. Electronica and raves, Psychedelic and the
Influential artists – Who were some of the most important and successful artists within this genre?
Impact – Did the music cause or lead to any changes in society or music as a whole? Why or why
Evolution – How did the music change? Did it evolve into a new style? If it is still around today,
how is it different?
Your presentation should include all of the above topics, as well as any others you find
significant. Information should be presented in both an interesting and informative way, using as
little reading as possible. You should also include artistic elements to your presentation. Some
ideas include (but are not limited to):
- music videos (live or recorded)
- live performance (vocal, instrumental, or both)
- dance (perform, or teach the class)
- multi-media presentation
- costumes and decoration to re-create the time period
- skits, mock interviews, dramatizations
You should NOT:
- use song samples in your presentation that include offensive content
- read your presentation (learn it, and know it)
- get off-track (unless your topic directly relates to the music style you are studying, you
should avoid it)
- be unprepared!
Grades and marking:
You will be marked on the following:
Creativity – How interesting is the presentation? Did you maintain the audience’s interest? Did you
try and do something unique with your presentation?
Quality of Information – Have you demonstrated sufficient research and understanding of the
music, the culture, and the connections between the two?
Focus – Have you remained on topic? Have you covered everything you need to cover? Is all of the
Understanding – Do you know what you’re talking about? Can you answer questions accurately?
Due date: __________Nov. 3, 2009___________________
Music Style: ___________________________