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Modern popular music

Modern Popular Music

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Modern Popular Music


  • What is the difference between “pop” and “popular” music?

  • According to the article, define “pop” music.

  • What does “Pop Music Melting Pot” refer to?

  • What does “art is not a concern” mean?

  • What characterizes a “pure pop” song?

Reading “What is pop music”?


  • Find one partner

  • Decide who will be Reader 1 & who will be Reader 2

  • Find a piece of blank paper, a writing utensil, & your article

  • Reader 1 reads 1st paragraph out loud to Reader 2, Reader 2 listens carefully & takes notes

  • Reader 2 reads next paragraph & Reader 1 takes notes

  • Reader 1 & 2 keep switching roles until entire article is read.

Popular music presentation

Popular Music Presentation


You be assigned one popular song from the following eras:

  • Pre-1920’s

  • 1930’s

  • 1940’s

  • 1950’s

  • 1960’s

  • 1970’s

  • 1980’s

  • 1990’s

  • 2000’s – today

    You will make a Prezipowerpoint including the following information:

  • Title of your song

  • Name of artist

  • Name of lyricist

  • Name of music composer

  • Publishing company (record company)

  • Year song was released

  • Genre

  • Analysis of the lyrics

  • A 2 minute clip

  • 3 “Did you know…” facts

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Popular Music Presentation

Instructions (continued)

At your teacher’s discretion, each student will be given the chance to choose one song from the following eras:

  • Pre-1920’s

  • 1930’s

  • 1940’s

  • 1950’s

  • 1960’s

  • 1970’s

  • 1980’s

  • 1990’s

  • 2000’s – today

    The song that you choose must:

  • Be approved by your teacher

  • Be from an era that is different from your first song

  • NOT be from the same artist as someone else’s song

  • Must be presented in a Prezi that includes all the same info as your first song (see previous slide)

  • READY???

Modern popular music pre 1920 s

Modern Popular MusicPre -1920’s

John phillip sousa

John Phillip Sousa

  • “The March King”

  • Emphasized brass instruments

  • Stars and Stripes Forever

Wc handy

WC Handy

  • “Father of the Blues”

  • Introduced a new style of music to the world

  • Did not invent the blues but brought them to a worldwide audience

  • 1st blues song– Memphis Blues

  • Beale Street

Scott joplin

Scott Joplin

  • “The King of Ragtime”

  • Wrote 2 operas

  • Fig Leaf Rag

Jelly roll morton

Jelly Roll Morton

  • Jazz pianist – conductor - composer

  • He claimed that he “invented” jazz

  • Jelly Roll Blues

Modern popular music 1920 s

Modern Popular Music1920’s

Fats waller

Fats Waller

  • New Orleans Jazz

  • One of the “Songs of the Century” – Recording Industry Association of America

  • Ain’tMisbehavin’

Jimmie rogers

Jimmie Rogers

  • “Father of Country Music”

  • Guitar, voice

  • Yodel

  • In the Jailhouse Now

Louis armstrong

Louis Armstrong

  • “Satchmo”

  • Trumpet player and singer

  • Reinvented himself as both Big Band performer, pop singer, and jazz trumpeter

  • West End Blues

Modern popular music 1930 s

Modern Popular Music1930’s

Robert johnson

Robert Johnson

  • “King of the Delta Blues”

  • Used voice and guitar only

  • Dubbed father of rock and roll

  • Crossroad Blues

Billie holliday

Billie Holliday

  • “Lady Day”

  • Along with Fitzgerald, considered one of greatest jazz voices of all time

  • Strange Fruit

Fred astaire

Fred Astaire

  • A dancer – singer – film actor - entertainer

  • Known for dancing with Ginger Rogers

  • Cheek to Cheek

Modern popular music 1940 s

Modern Popular Music1940’s

Bill monroe

Bill Monroe

  • The Father of Bluegrass Music

  • High lonesome sound

  • Mandolin with bass, guitar, and fiddle

  • Blue Moon of Kentucky

Woody guthrie

Woody Guthrie

  • Noted for his identification with

    • the common man

    • the poor

    • the downtrodden

  • Hated fascism and exploitation

  • This Land Is Your Land

Thelonius monk

Thelonius Monk

  • Pianist who used “stride” piano techniques along with more “avant garde” approach

  • Used the entire keyboard, not just those notes “in tune”

  • ‘Round Midnight

Ella fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

  • “The First Lady of Song”

  • Three octave range

  • How High The Moon

Modern popular music 1950 s

Modern Popular Music1950’s

Buddy holly

Buddy Holly

  • Rock and roll chords (C, G, E)

  • 15 #1 hits on the Billboard Top 40 in one year

  • Peggy Sue

Elvis presley

Elvis Presley

  • King of Rock and Roll

  • Huge teen idol and heart throb

  • Performed older African-American blues songs

  • Jailhouse Rock

Ray charles

Ray Charles

  • Rhythm and blues

  • Added gospel sound to rock and roll

  • Piano and boogie-woogie sound

  • Mess Around

Johnny cash

Johnny Cash

  • “The Man in Black”

  • Boom-chick-a-boom sound

  • Folsom Prison Blues

Miles davis

Miles Davis

  • Bebop– Throttled notes

  • Cool jazz—Improvisation

  • Modal jazz– No keys, just notes.

  • Jazz fusion—Soul, R&B, and jazz added with electric instrumentation

  • Tempus Fugit

Modern popular music 1960 s

Modern Popular Music1960’s

Frank sinatra

Frank Sinatra

  • Big Band Sound

  • One lead singer with full orchestral arrangement

  • Strangers in the Night

  • My Way

  • Other?

Bob dylan

Bob Dylan

  • Influenced heavily by Woody Guthrie

  • Became most popular folk musician since Guthrie, but lost folk audience for going electric

  • Blowin’ in the Wind

The beatles

The Beatles

  • The British Invasion

  • Experimentation with musical instruments

  • I Want to Hold Your Hand

  • Hey, Jude

Beach boys

Beach Boys

  • The California Surf Sound

  • Experimentation with musical time signatures, music

  • Good Vibrations

Marvin gaye

Marvin Gaye

  • Berry Gordy produced

  • Motown favorite

  • I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Nat king cole

Nat King Cole

  • Vocalist & jazz pianist

  • Died of lung cancer

  • L-O-V-E

Modern popular music 1970 s

Modern Popular Music1970’s

James brown

James Brown

  • “The Godfather of Soul”

  • Soul music

  • Funk music

  • Get Up Offa That Thing

Led zepplin

Led Zepplin

  • Hard rock/ heavy metal

  • Volume to 11

  • Kashmir

Bee gees

Bee Gees

  • Disco genre

  • Known for 3 part vocal harmonies

  • Stayin’ Alive

Stevie wonder

Stevie Wonder

  • Soul / Funk

  • Blind since shortly after birth

  • Superstition

Sugar hill gang

Sugar Hill Gang

  • MC– Master of Ceremonies

  • A mix of spoken word, sampled melodies, and “scratching” records

  • Rapper’s Delight



  • Often cited as 1st Punk Rock band

  • Blitzkrieg Bop

Van halen

Van Halen

  • Album “Van Halen” one of the “most revolutionary albums”

  • Formed in Pasadena, CA

  • Runnin’ With The Devil

Modern popular music 1980 s

Modern Popular Music1980’s

Bob marley

Bob Marley

  • Reggae genre

  • Kettle drums with basic electric guitar

  • Redemption Song

Michael jackson

Michael Jackson

  • Changed pop music into upbeat numbers with synthesized beats

  • “The King of Pop”

  • Thriller

David bowie

David Bowie

  • Singer – Songwriter – Arranger – Producer – Actor

  • Star of “Labyrinth”

  • Under Pressure

Beastie boys

Beastie Boys

  • New School Rap

  • Inducted into Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012

  • Fight For Your Right / Sabotage

Modern popular music 1990 s

Modern Popular Music1990’s



  • Grunge

  • Associated with Generation X

  • Come As You Are

Red hot chili peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Alternative Rock

  • Notable bass guitarist

  • Under The Bridge



  • Electronic Rock - alternative

  • Inspired by classical music - Penderecki

  • Fake Plastic Trees

Modern popular music 2000 s now

Modern Popular Music2000’s - now

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