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High schoolers explore the Vietnam War in music. For this Vietnam lesson, students listen to and analyze popular music from the Vietnam era in order to understand the use of propaganda regarding the controversial war. High schoolers develop questions for interviews with grown-ups who remember the war.
The history and marketing of pop music is the subject of this lesson. Learners first read an article detailing definitions and historical shifts of pop music in society. The activity then provides students with a few comprehension-level questions, including a timeline chart for the information in the above article. Learners then have the opportunity to answer a research question, based on the information provided or their own research. This is a self-contained lesson that could be used as a supp
Pop music and marketing are thrown into the mix to make a fun and engaging instructional activity. Learners listen to several pop songs and discuss the differences in musical style. They then get into groups and work together to decide how they are going to market each song. They need to think about the market group, marketing venues, and strategies they'll need to pitch their music marketing plan.
Critical thinkers compare the impact of visual versus aural perception in how they comprehend artistic intent. They consider the meaning of a set of pop lyrics first by reading them, then by listening to them orally, and finally viewing them as in music video form. They analyze how their interpretation of each song changes based on the artistic medium used to present it.
How many of us have actually listened to Arabic folk or pop music? Learn about the many facets of folk music common to Lebanon, Spain, and Egypt with this well-organized presentation. Islamic cultural influences are traced throughout each region based on folk music traditions.
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern American artists. Background information on Senegal, the musicians, web links, and critical-thinking questions accent this well-thought-out activity that blends pop culture, social studies, and music.
This resource is part of a three-lesson unit that introduces your class to the concept of popular culture and the role that it plays in their lives. Here, learners examine the importance of the music industry and music videos in pop culture. Activities include viewing and listening to videos, (with and without sound to analyze aesthetic visual elements), researching the history of the music video, and independent projects on music videos for selected musical genres.
Students identify and interpret the life and times of Stephen Foster through a study of his biography, about the history of the minstrel show through a study of that form of entertainment, and about the many styles of his music by listening to some of his songs, and by studying selected lyrics.
Samba music is a musical mixture of both African and Brazilian sounds and rhythms. Explore this art form with your class using this easy-to-follow slide show. They'll learn about Samba's roots, beats, characteristics, instruments, and uses in celebrations like Carnival. The only thing missing is the music!