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Electronic Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is electronic music and how did it emerge as a popular musical genre? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about electronic music. A fun group activity challenges students to compose their own selection of electronic music.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the origins of electronic music
  • summarize the evolution of electronic music
  • list the key elements of electronic music
  • discuss some types of electronic music

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7

Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

Materials

  • An audio clip of electronic music
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists
  • An audio clip of the sounds made by a theremin
  • An audio sample of disco music
  • An audio sample of house music
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Electronic keyboards

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