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Modern Popular Music. Modern Popular Music. Questions 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?.

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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.
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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???
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
  • 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