Ch 9: Contemporary Music Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Easily integrate the contemporary music lesson plans found in this chapter into your music curriculum. The teacher resources provided here encourage interaction, engagement and comprehension in contemporary music topics.

Contemporary Music Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our instructors provide lesson plans, activities and resources in this chapter for you to use to effectively teach your students about contemporary music. Topics covered by these resources include music censorship, country and western music, pop music, the music industry, electronic music and rap. You can access this chapter on your mobile device or computer for flexible, convenient lesson planning at whatever time works best for you.

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  • Provides background: These lesson plans give depth and understanding to your teaching by providing history of popular genres of music like pop, country and western, electronic and rap.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning contemporary music lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific contemporary music topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your music class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related contemporary music lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important contemporary music concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant music-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

17 Lessons in Chapter 9: Contemporary Music Lesson Plans
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Music Industry Lesson Plan

1. Music Industry Lesson Plan

What is the music industry and what types of people work within it? This lesson plan highlights important facts about the music industry. The activity will help your students visualize the roles and relationships that exist within the music industry.

What Is the Music Industry? - Definition & Facts

2. What Is the Music Industry? - Definition & Facts

The music industry is an umbrella term for everything involved in music creation, performance, and distribution. Further explore this definition with facts and information on the industry members in creative, performance, and business professions.

Making a Music Video Lesson Plan

3. Making a Music Video Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, your students will learn the basics of how to make a music video. Students will also participate in a fun activity and create their very own music videos to share with their friends.

Rap Lesson Plan

4. Rap Lesson Plan

Your students might listen to it, but do they know the origins of rap music? A video lesson lays out the genre's history, a quiz assesses understanding, and an activity gives students a chance to show what they've learned. Optional activities and related lesson support future learning.

What Is Rap Music? - Definition, History & Artists

5. What Is Rap Music? - Definition, History & Artists

Rap is a component of the hip-hop subculture, with examples such as graffiti, break dancing, and DJing. Learn about the definition of rap music, history, artists the correlation to the larger culture of hip-hop, the history, and why it is so important.

Music Censorship Lesson Plan

6. Music Censorship Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses activities, an extension, quiz, and discussion questions to help your students learn about the nature of music censorship in the U.S.

Music Censorship: Definition, History & Laws

7. Music Censorship: Definition, History & Laws

In this lesson, we will look at the censorship of music, considering what it means and how it evolved by examining relevant laws and milestones over the years.

Country Music Lesson Plan

8. Country Music Lesson Plan

Teach your students about country-western music with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson describing country-western music's history, style and artists. Trace the genre's development and allow students to learn about an artist to add dimension to this lesson.

Country & Western Music: History & Artists

9. Country & Western Music: History & Artists

Folk, Hillbilly, Honky-Tonk; these terms are synonymous with the early years of Country & Western music in the public imagination. This lesson looks at the beginning of the genre in the 1920s through the heyday of the class country sound in the 1960s.

History of Pop Music Lesson Plan

10. History of Pop Music Lesson Plan

What is pop music and where did it come from? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to explain key facts to students. An activity connects students to well-known pop artists in a creative way.

History of Pop Music: Facts & Timeline

11. History of Pop Music: Facts & Timeline

Pop music is a type of contemporary music that is made of diverse genres. Learn about the origins and characteristics of pop music by tracing its historical timeline and the facts of its cultural impact from the days of the ~'King of Pop~' Michael Jackson to the artists of today.

Music Technology Lesson Plan

12. Music Technology Lesson Plan

Chances are, music plays a big role in your students' lives. With this lesson plan, students will examine the history of music technology and see how it's changed our access to music over the last century.

Music Technology: History & Development

13. Music Technology: History & Development

Music technology has evolved dramatically from ancient instruments to modern digital recording and editing capabilities. Follow the history of several innovations in music technology and recording from Thomas Edison's phonograph to current computers.

Electronic Music Lesson Plan

14. Electronic Music Lesson Plan

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.

Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

15. Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

Electronic music is a category of music that emerged in the 20th century in which music is created with electronic instruments. Learn about the history of electronic music, influential artists, the different machines that were used, and the various genres.

Writing a Rap Lesson Plan

16. Writing a Rap Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the structure and aesthetic goals of rap music. They will apply this by writing and performing rap songs of their own.

Rap Music: Structure, Techniques & Tips

17. Rap Music: Structure, Techniques & Tips

Rap music is a music genre that is characterized by rhythmic speech along with a musical background. Understand the structure of a rap song, and learn techniques and tips in writing and improving rap songs.

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