Music That Goes POP: History of American Popular Music

Music That Goes POP: History of American Popular Music

Degrees of Brass offers an inventive and exciting program focused on the history of American Popular Music. Students will enjoy an exciting musical journey filled with activities, audience participation and more! The following is a list of the music that we are performing:

Sir Duke: Horns in R&B music
Don’t Stop me now: Influence of Queen’s of recording
Don’t Speak: Ska/Punk music influence
Independent Women: Beyonce influence in pop music
Old Town Road: Closer, Combo Country/Hip-Hop Tune, Genre Collaborations
Black Magic Woman: Carlos Santana and influence on Rock Music
Carolina in the Morning: Tin-pan alley song about North Carolina Johnny be good: Early Rock Music and influence on American song Imagine: John Lennon and the influence of the Beatles

This performance is recommended for 6-12, but can be adapted for K-5. The descriptions next to the pieces are short explanations of each piece that can be expanded upon for a writing activity or a classroom discussion. Here is a list of potential activities that could be completed in class:

Discuss how each of these artists inspired future generations in their genres.
Ask students what the music of a specific song (Student Choice, Teacher Choice) makes them think about.
Provide historical context on why each song was influential during the time it was popular.
Discussion about what makes these songs similar as well as different from one another. (I.E. how could one of these artists be inspired by the work of another artists?)

Any activity that is open-ended is encouraged to allow the students to express themselves. Feel free to develop your own activity based on the repertoire we are performing!

Artist Background

DEGREES OF BRASS includes members of all backgrounds and professions that include: College professors, Music Ministers, Military members, and more. Together they believe in being light hearted and fun with education and a cultural experience in mind. With our diverse musical backgrounds comes an enthusiasm and passion for music that doesn’t fit it into the “box”. We believe the Brass Quintet concert experience is so much than just hearing sounds – it’s an event that engages all the senses and your brain! They also break the norm of the traditional musical group to develop their diverse material WITH the educator into a performance that can follow many paths. We love working with creative and ‘out of the box’ educators! Come experience DEGREES OF BRASS!

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