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Ch 3: Musical Genres

About This Chapter

The Musical Genres chapter of this Art, Music, and Architecture Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study musical genres. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand different genres of music.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering musical genre material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about musical genres. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing music history, composers, and styles
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Musical Genres chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  •  Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  •  Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  •  Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Musical Genres chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about musical genres for a standard music course. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics of absolute music
  • Absolute music composers
  • Program music vs. absolute music
  • History of new age music

36 Lessons in Chapter 3: Musical Genres
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Absolute Music Composers

1. Absolute Music Composers

Early German Romantics innovated music by introducing a revolutionary new instrumental form called absolute music. In this lesson, we will describe what absolute music is learn about some of its most important composers.

Absolute Music vs. Program Music

2. Absolute Music vs. Program Music

Music is an important part of all human societies, but what is its actual purpose? In this lesson, we'll explore the two main kinds of music and see how each one is defined by its purpose.

Absolute Music: Definition & Examples

3. Absolute Music: Definition & Examples

There are many ways to define types of music. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of absolute music, examine its history, and talk about a few notable examples.

New Age Music History

4. New Age Music History

This lesson will chart the development of New Age music and place the genre within the larger context of the New Age movement. Significant precursors will be discussed and important New Age artists will be detailed.

What is Dubstep Music? - Definition, Types & Artists

5. What is Dubstep Music? - Definition, Types & Artists

This lesson will explore the basic elements and history of the electronic dance music subgenre known as dubstep. Other genres that have influenced dubstep will be discussed and the trajectory of the subgenre will be detailed.

How to Read Alto Clef: Notes & Staff

6. How to Read Alto Clef: Notes & Staff

To read music, you first have to be able to recognize your clef. In this lesson, we'll check out the alto clef, and see how it organizes a range of notes into readable fashion.

Understanding the Piano: Keys & Notes

7. Understanding the Piano: Keys & Notes

This lesson introduces the basics of piano keys and the notes they produce. Included are sections on the parts of a piano and how they produce sound when working together as well as understanding the intricacies of sharps and flats.

What is Funk Music? - Definition & Characteristics

8. What is Funk Music? - Definition & Characteristics

Have you ever listened to a piece of music that made you want to get up and dance? Could you feel the pulse of a strong bass line? Maybe you were listening to funk! In this lesson, you'll learn about the definition and characteristics of funk music.

History of Funk Music

9. History of Funk Music

Funk music is a unique genre that held an important place in popular culture during the 20th century. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of funk and see how it came to be so funky.

Funk Music: Artists, Albums & Songs

10. Funk Music: Artists, Albums & Songs

This lesson will explore the history of funk music. Important figures in the development of funk will be detailed, and related genres that were influenced by funk will be considered.

What is a Round in Music?

11. What is a Round in Music?

There are many forms of musical composition, each of which has unique sounds. In this lesson, we will talk about the use of round in music, and see how this style of song is composed.

Refrain in Music: Definition & Examples

12. Refrain in Music: Definition & Examples

When you listen to your favorite song, do you hear a repeated phrase in each verse? Does it stick in your head? In this lesson, explore the definition of a song refrain and look at some examples.

David Bowie: Biography and Quotes

13. David Bowie: Biography and Quotes

Musician David Bowie took the world by storm with his music. In this lesson, we will learn about his musical career and read a few quotes that were recorded throughout his life.

David Bowie: Albums, Music & Movies

14. David Bowie: Albums, Music & Movies

This lesson will detail the life and career of David Bowie. Bowie's most significant records will be considered, and his major movie appearances will be discussed.

What is a Rebec?

15. What is a Rebec?

Medieval music sounded very different than what Western music sounds like. In this lesson, we'll explore a unique musical instrument from that time, the rebec, and see how it impacted medieval life.

Motown Records: Founder, History & Artists

16. Motown Records: Founder, History & Artists

'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'... 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'... 'My Guy'... What do these songs have in common? They're all Motown hits! In this lesson, we'll explore the history and artists of Motown Records.

What is a Song? - Definition & Examples

17. What is a Song? - Definition & Examples

Do you have a favorite song? People have probably sung 'Happy Birthday' to you, but could you explain what a song is if someone asked? In this lesson, let's explore the meaning of the word 'song' and see some examples of famous songs.

What is a Chorus in a Song? - Definition & Examples

18. What is a Chorus in a Song? - Definition & Examples

Good songs follow certain structures and contain certain parts. One very important part of a song is the chorus. In this lesson, we'll talk about this aspect of song structure and see how it's used.

What is the Bridge of a Song? - Definition & Examples

19. What is the Bridge of a Song? - Definition & Examples

Songs tend to follow certain structures, and understanding those structures can be very helpful. In this lesson, we'll talk about the section called the bridge and see what it brings to the completed song.

What is an Alla Breve?

20. What is an Alla Breve?

There are many ways to change the impact of a song. In this lesson, we are going to explore the concept of the alla breve and see how it can be used to change the impact of a song.

Shakuhachi Flute: History & Music

21. Shakuhachi Flute: History & Music

Many musical traditions are defined by the instruments used to perform them. In this lesson, we'll talk about the shakuhachi flute, and examine its role in Japanese history.

A Capella Music: Definition & Songs

22. A Capella Music: Definition & Songs

A cappella music has again become popular in American culture, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll look at the definition and history of a cappella music and see what this style is really all about.

What is a Verse? - Definition & Examples

23. What is a Verse? - Definition & Examples

Do you have a favorite song? Have you ever thought about its lyrics? What part of the song tells the story? In this lesson, learn about song verses and explore some examples.

Music Auditions: Songs & Tips

24. Music Auditions: Songs & Tips

This lesson addresses how to achieve success during musical auditions. Tips include how to select the appropriate song, how to prepare, and self-care tips to be healthy on audition day.

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Analysis & Structure

25. The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Analysis & Structure

Many composers have a seminal work for which they're known. In this lesson, we'll explore Vivaldi's masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons', and examine its structure and content.

What is Contrapuntal Music? - Definition & Texture

26. What is Contrapuntal Music? - Definition & Texture

There are many ways to compose a song. Sometimes you focus on a single melody and other times multiple melodies share the stage. In this lesson, we'll look at contrapuntal music, and see what it looks like in terms of composition.

What is a Cajon Drum?

27. What is a Cajon Drum?

Do you sometimes find yourself beating your hands or tapping your fingers along with a favorite song? Well, you don't need fancy equipment to play the drums! In this lesson, learn about the history of the cajon drum.

Operetta: Definition, Composers & Famous Examples

28. Operetta: Definition, Composers & Famous Examples

Singing pirates and lusty barmaids, shipwrecks, masked balls and young love -- what do these things have in common? They're all elements of popular operettas. In this lesson, explore operettas, composers who created them and famous examples.

Camelot the Musical: Synopsis, Characters & Songs

29. Camelot the Musical: Synopsis, Characters & Songs

Have you heard the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? Did you know it was made into a musical? In this lesson, explore the story, characters, and songs of 'Camelot.'

The Nutcracker Ballet: Composer, Music & Story

30. The Nutcracker Ballet: Composer, Music & Story

Does certain music makes you think of Christmas? How about The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy? In this lesson, explore the music and story of the beloved Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker.

What is Sonata Rondo Form?

31. What is Sonata Rondo Form?

Good compositions follow certain patterns, even if those patterns aren't always immediately evident. In this lesson, we'll explore the sonata rondo form of composition, and see how it is often used in music.

Composers of the Second Viennese School

32. Composers of the Second Viennese School

Music doesn't always require a tuneful melody. Have you ever heard a piece that sounds like everything's clashing? In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the composers and music of the Second Viennese School.

Afro-Cuban Jazz: History & Artists

33. Afro-Cuban Jazz: History & Artists

In this lesson let's explore one of the earliest forms of Latin jazz: Afro-Cuban jazz. We'll take a look at the history of this rhythm, the most commonly used instruments and some of the famous artists of this style.

Intertextuality in Music: Definition & Examples

34. Intertextuality in Music: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces some common examples of intertextuality and the ways they are employed by popular music artists. It includes descriptions of types of intertextuality and examples from 20th and 21st century pop music.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee & Scheherazade

35. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee & Scheherazade

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a famous 19th-century composer. In this lesson, we are going to check out two of his most famous compositions and see how they reflect his style.

Apache Fiddle: History & Music

36. Apache Fiddle: History & Music

We don't often talk about string instruments in Amerindian music, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. In this lesson, we'll check out the Apache fiddle and see what makes it so unique.

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