Evolution of Music - Pentatonix

Explore music through the decades with an engaging video brought to you by the 5-part harmony acapella group, Pentatonix. Genuine musical talents sing through a variety of popular music from the 11th century to the 2010's. Artists include Eva Cassidy, The Andrew Sisters, Ritchie Valens, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and many more! 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Play the video at the start of your music history lesson to grab scholars' attention 
  • After listening and watching, assign or direct learners to choose a time period to research and report their newfound knowledge to their peers 
  • Find recordings of original songs featured in the music video and play them for a more in-depth look at specific artists and their work
Classroom Considerations

  • User comments and related videos are visible; have the video ready to play in full-screen mode to avoid class members losing focus 
Pros

  • Displays the date from which the music was introduced
  • Video changes from black and white to color as the decades become more modern 
Cons

  • None