AMERICAN MUSIC JOURNAL A Tossed Salad of Styles
Project Overview • Define various American Music Styles. • Compare/Contrast exemplary music selections from each style. • Research information about each selection, composer, lyricist, etc. • Prepare individual journal page. • Assemble class journal. • Listening test.
Finished Page Format Selection Title Composer/Lyricist Name • Style - definitions, facts about the style, in sentence format. • Composer Biography - birth date, death date, birth place, family info, honors, awards, etc. • Lyricist Biography - same as above
Finished Page Format - continued • Music Selection Info. - when composed, why or for what purpose, theme or meaning • Historical Event – An American important cultural or political or public event that occurred when the selection was composed or was popular. • Picture - (may appear anywhere on the page) composer/lyricist or topic of the selection
LISTENING QUESTIONS • Does the selection have lyrics? • Is there a story or a theme behind the lyrics? If yes, what is the story or theme? • What expressive words would you use to describe the mood of this selection? • What instrument(s) do you hear? (ex. Voice, full orchestra, trumpet, clarinet, piano, etc.)
Listening Questions, continued 5. Describe the dynamics of this selection. Are the dynamics constant, varied or both? 6. Describe the tempo of this selection. Is the tempo constant, varied, or both?
Folk Music Patriotic Symphonic Jazz March Broadway Country Rock ‘n’ Roll War Songs Disney STYLES