School of Rock

A History of Music: ENG 2D1 Media Studies

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With a partner, discuss your definition of "popular music", and please post it to the Socrative room.

Now take a look at what was "popular music" the year Ms. Sacchetti was born.......

J geils Band-Centerfold (lyrics in description)
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Maneater
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong

Compare that music to what is "popular" now . . . . (week of April 16th, 2014)

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)
John Legend - All of Me
Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J

What about five years ago?

The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

Ten years ago?

Usher - Yeah HD


Ace of Base - The Sign (Official)


The Beatles - I Want To Hold your Hand [HD]
Does this change your definition? What do all of these songs have in common? How are they different? Respond on your graffitti placemat.

Unit Goals

By the end of this unit I can . . . .


Unit Breakdown

1. The Origins of Blues

A. Chicago Electric Blues

2. Rock n Roll

A.. Surf Rock

B. Chuck Berry Rock

C. Elvis Presley

3. Jazz, Soul, Funk & Motown

A. Chart Analysis: "Whitening" of the Black artists

4. British Blues & The British Invasion

A. The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones

5. Folk Revival

6. The 1960's: Jimmy Hendrix and redefining "rock"

7. Grunge & Alternative

8. Heavy Metal and Hard Rock

A. Led Zepplin vs. Black Sabbath

9. Punk

10. Disco

11. R&B and Pop