What Is Folk Music? - Definition, Artists & History


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Who is considered the earliest folk musician?

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1. Which of these is NOT a folk subgenre?

2. What does the term Volk refer to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Folk music has had a long and storied history within the framework of 20th century music. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the history of folk music and important folk artists who helped develop the style.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments focus on the following:

  • Earliest folk musician
  • Folk subgenres
  • Folk music and politics
  • Famous folk musicians

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of folk music
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific folk artists and folk subgenres
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on folk music and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about folk music, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is Folk Music? - Definition, Artists & History. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Origins of folk music
  • Development of folk music from the 1930s to early 1960s
  • Folk music from the mid-1960s to the '70s
  • The '80s and beyond