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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Elements of Pitch
- Elements of Melody
- Elements of Tone
- Elements of Harmony in Music
- Elements of Chord Progression
- Nonharmonic Tones
- Meter & Rhythm
- Musical Forms
- Music Sections
- Composing, Arranging & Improvising Music
- Vocal Range
- Principles of Singing
- Understanding Instruments
- Opera and Orchestral Music
- Medieval Music
- Music of the Renaissance
- Music in the Baroque Period
- The Classical Period in Music
- The Romantic Period in Music
- Jazz Music
- Musical Theater and Popular Music
- Music of the Modern Era
- Music of the World
- Music Instruction in Texas
- Music Teaching Strategies
- TExES Music EC-12 Flashcards