Ch 25: Contemporary Music

About This Chapter

Review contemporary music genres with this convenient study guide chapter. Access these informative lessons at any time to boost your musical knowledge, study for an exam, complete a homework assignment or get ahead in class.

Contemporary Music - Chapter Summary

This chapter on contemporary music explains the characteristics of several modern musical genres, including blues, rap, reggae, rock and electronic music. Our expert instructors will also discuss the artists and groups that established and popularized contemporary music genres. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the history of folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass, country, western, dance, rap, reggae and electronic music
  • Identify popular artists and groups of these genres
  • Recognize the elements of Tejano music
  • Name specific work songs
  • Compare types of early and modern rock music

Solidify your understanding of these contemporary music genres by taking the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exam. This self-paced chapter can be accessed at any time, and you'll be able to access it using your desktop, laptop or mobile device. You can also reach out to our instructors if you have any questions about the material.

11 Lessons in Chapter 25: Contemporary Music
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Folk Music? - Definition, Artists & History

1. What Is Folk Music? - Definition, Artists & History

Explore the development of folk music, from the word Volk to Dylan and beyond. We'll learn what folk was, what folk became, and what folk means today. Finally, we'll learn about who the important folks are in folk music.

What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists

2. What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists

What is blues music and how did it originate? In learning the answers to these questions, you will also meet some early blues musicians and their music.

What is Gospel Music? - Definition, History & Artists

3. What is Gospel Music? - Definition, History & Artists

This lesson provides a general overview of gospel music. In addition to offering a definition of this musical genre, it provides some historical information about it and discusses some well-known gospel artists.

Bluegrass Music: History, Artists, Bands & Songs

4. Bluegrass Music: History, Artists, Bands & Songs

Bluegrass is a sub-genre of country music that incorporates aspects of Scotch-Irish folk music, blues music, and gospel music into exciting and haunting arrangements that romanticize Appalachian life.

Country & Western Music: History & Artists

5. 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.

Early Types of Rock Music

6. Early Types of Rock Music

This lesson takes you back in time to the early days of rock music in the 1950s and '60s. You'll learn the differences between the rock music styles of that time and how they relate to one another.

Modern Types of Rock Music

7. Modern Types of Rock Music

In this lesson, you'll learn about several subgenres of rock, many of which are still prominent today or have influenced other forms of rock. You'll get a taste for each style and then find out what you remember by taking a short quiz.

What Is Dance Music? - History & Types

8. What Is Dance Music? - History & Types

Dance music is a broad term that includes many different styles of music. Through this lesson, you will explore some of the history of dance music and gain an understanding of its evolution from the 19th century to the present.

What Is Rap Music? - Definition, History & Artists

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

This lesson will offer a definition of rap and explain its correlation to the larger culture of hip-hop. The origins of rap will be summarized and the significance of hip-hop music and culture will be considered.

What Is Reggae? - Definition, Artists & Instruments

10. What Is Reggae? - Definition, Artists & Instruments

This lesson will define reggae music within the context of 20th century Jamaican music. Important artists, related genres, and periods of development will be explored, with special attention paid to the critical decades of the 1960s and 1970s.

Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

11. Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

This lesson will define the concept of electronic music and provide examples of different instruments, genres, and artists that make up this category. The role of technology in the creation of music in the 20th and 21st century will be considered and you can take a quiz!

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