How Does Music Describe Me
How does music describe you and your culture?
The places where were your cultures lie...
When you listen to the radio, Pandora.com, your phone, you realize that there is a wide variety of music genres and many lyrics that might have roots in older music, music that your grandparents or great grandparents listened to. How and when did these songs originate? What do they say about you and your culture? Can you find some commonalities? Can you identify traits of your history and culture in them?
- What are the music genres of your culture?
- Can you name some famous songwriters, singers and musicians of the past and present?
- Who brought these different kinds of music to the US and when?
- What do the lyrics say aboutyour heritage?
- What are some hits from earlier decades?
- How does yesterday’s music differ from today’s music?
Destiny Quest One Search- Type in your search term, click One Search, and then the links will take you to information.
1. Type in the Country + Music For example "Mexican Music"
2. If you know the type of music, you can type that in too. For example, "Reggae"
3. At the end of Wikipedia there are two sections: RESOURCES and EXTERNAL LINKS These have links to other information.
4. On Encyclopedia Britanica there is a tab that says: RELATED You can use that to find more information too.
Create a table to document the singer/band, song title and elements of your culture described. You will include a paragraph that answers the questions about the history of the genre you chose. Here is an example:
This is an example of a table for someone that claims being Texan and explored music created or about Texas.
Students may use graphic organizer software such as Inspiration, draw a table in a word processor, or create a spreadsheet to map out their ideas.
Choose one of the following team projects or modify as needed:
1. Create your own song, poem or rap. In the case of song, you may use real instruments or computer software. Make sure the instruments used in your new song match the genre you choose.
2. Create a “musical timeline” or “musical map” of your genre by piecing segments of different popular songs or different genres (30 seconds maximum per segment allowed by copyright law). Each song should describe something unique about a time period, event, region, or ethnic group. Prepare a cultural map or a timeline to illustrate the music segments chosen.
Students create and/or edit music using software such as GarageBand, Logic Express, Windows Movie Maker or Cakewalk. You may also want to try free music creating software such as JamStudio.com
You will present your project to the rest of the class. Use the following suggested rubric to assess the your work. Make sure that you are familiar with the rubric before begining the project. You should refer to the rubric repeatedly to monitor your progress in creating your project.
Thanks to Learn 21's libguide that I borrowed the idea from