Week 4 - Tuesday

Music Appreciation

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WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENTS DUE: Sunday, September 25

Module Four Assignments
Module Four: Lesson One: Discussion
Module Four: Lesson One: Quiz
Module Four: Lesson Two: Discussion
Module Four: Lesson Two: Quiz

Module Four: Lesson Three: Discussion
Module Four: Lesson Three: Quiz

Module Four: Lesson Four: Discussion
Module Four: Lesson Four: Quiz

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are doing well today!

I got a lot of messages yesterday, and I just want to make sure everyone understands what I said about grading. So in order to do Progress Reports I must calculate your current average. To do that there has to be a grade from 0-100 for each assignment for the grade book to calculate correctly. At the end of each week I put in zeros for all incomplete assignments. Right now we still have a lot of students who are playing catch up because they were registered late for the class. This week I am NOT giving late penalties if you missed the due date. Simply work to complete your assignments, let me know and I will regrade them, no worries!

If you have any questions at please don't hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help!

Have a great day!
Mrs. Moncrief

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Within any genre of music there is always a dance that goes along with it, and jazz was no different. One of the dances known to the early jazz of Dixieland and Ragtime music was called the "Cakewalk."

The Cakewalk dance originated from the Southern plantations of the African American slaves around 1860. It was a mockery of the preferred European dances of their white slave owners. It featured couples with arms linked at the elbows lined up in a circle, dancing forward with a two-step march and a series of short hopping steps, and high kicks.

Contests were given to see who was the best dancer, and a slice of cake or a hoe cake (a cornmeal pancake baked over a fire on the back of a garden hoe tool) was given as the prize. Such phrases as "that takes the cake" and "it's a piece of cake" came from this tradition. Also, the county fair game "The Cake Walk" of walking around in a circle and stopping on a number when the music stops to win a cake, probably came from this very old dance as well.

*Click Below to see the "Cakewalk" dance.
If you can't view it, no worries. This film clip is from 1903. There is no

sound or music as film and music were not together yet in recordings until 1927.


Comedy Cake Walk. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Source: The Library of Congress American Memory Project.