Music Genre Project


Students will individually be assigned a specific genre of music by random. Students must then research their genre using the internet, uploaded videos and / or recordings, and resources in the school library. Students must then create a 2-3 minute presentation about their genre to present to the class. This presentation must include the following:

- history of the genre
- famous songs from the genre
- famous composers / song writers from the genre
- at least one recorded song from the genre (either played through the computer, stereo, or mp3 player).





Content Objective: Listening to and describing music:
a. Students describe specific music events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology.
b. Students analyze the uses of elements of music in aural examples representing diverse genres and cultures.
Content Objective: Evaluating music and music performances:
a. Students develop criteria for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of music performances and compositions and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing.
Content Objective: Understanding music in relation to history and culture:

a. Students describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
b. Students classify by genre and style (and, if applicable, by historical periods, composer and title) a varied body of exemplary (that is, high-quality and characteristic) musical works and explain the characteristics that cause each work to be considered exemplary.

c. Students compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.


State Standards: Pennsylvania
9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to identify, compare, contrast and analyze works in the arts in their historical and cultural context.
9.4. Aesthetic Response: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to investigate the philosophical aspects of works in the arts. The learner explores personal and historical definitions of art and art's varied purposes.


ISTE Standards:
1. Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
3. Research and Information Fluency Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.




Stomp Project

Unit and Instructional Goals: By the end of this unit, students will have a comprehensive understanding of music composition and performance within an ensemble setting. Students will work in small groups to compose and create their own musical composition in the style of the music performance group “Stomp”. Students will then choose non-traditional instruments from household items and other items provided in order to perform their musical work together as an ensemble.



Content Objective: Evaluating music and music performances:
a. Students develop criteria for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of music performances and compositions and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing.


State Standards: Pennsylvania
9.4. Aesthetic Response: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to investigate the philosophical aspects of works in the arts. The learner explores personal and historical definitions of art and art's varied purposes.

ISTE Standards:
3. Research and Information Fluency Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.