Ch 20: Music of the United States

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll review the music of the United States through bite-sized lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Complete this chapter whenever you need to study these topics for upcoming music exams, homework assignments, class projects or any other academic purpose.

Music of the United States - Chapter Summary

Get a comprehensive overview of U.S. music history with this self-paced study guide chapter. Taught by expert music instructors, these simple lessons break down the characteristics and artists of several musical genres that originated in the United States, such as gospel, blues, rock and roll and country music. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Contextualize music's role in society and culture
  • Summarize the histories of gospel, blues, folk and pop music
  • Name important rhythm and blues and rock and roll artists/bands
  • Recognize the characteristics of country and western music

When you're finished with each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to test your knowledge of these U.S. music topics. You can also take the a comprehensive chapter exam and submit any questions you may have to our music experts. The chapter is also available online 24/7, which helps you review these concepts at any time that's convenient.

8 Lessons in Chapter 20: Music of the United States
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Role of Music in Society & Culture

1. The Role of Music in Society & Culture

This lesson will detail the social functions of music in American society. We will explore a number of different ethnic groups, styles, and time periods in order to gain perspective on the role of music in American society.

What is Gospel Music? - Definition, History & Artists

2. 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.

What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists

3. 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.

Rhythm & Blues: Definition, History, Artists & Songs

4. Rhythm & Blues: Definition, History, Artists & Songs

Throughout the mid-20th century, rhythm and blues music dominated the music charts and dramatically altered race relations in the United States. Through this lesson, you will explore the origins of the genre and learn about some of the artists that contributed to the style.

Rock & Roll: History, Music & Bands

5. Rock & Roll: History, Music & Bands

This lesson will articulate the development of rock 'n' roll music in the 1950s and its impact on international youth culture. We will explore the ways in which rock 'n' roll has changed and how its definition has shifted.

What Is Folk Music? - Definition, Artists & History

6. 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.

Country & Western Music: History & Artists

7. 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: Facts & Timeline

8. History of Pop Music: Facts & Timeline

What is pop music and what are its origins? This lesson is designed to summarize the history and significance of pop music using facts and a timeline to explain and explore some key points.

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