• History of Rock and Roll/Guitar curriculum 

    Prepared by Jeffery Wilson, Director of Music, River Dell Regional High School 

    Calendar

    Rationale

    The History of Rock & Roll course, in conjunction with Guitar Theory, is a class designed for students who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the development of Rock & Roll and its many genres, at the same time as learning how to play the guitar and incorporate the world of Rock & Roll into their guitar playing. Students will learn a broad history of Rock & Roll through the exploration of the music of each decade, beginning with the 1950’s, and spanning to today’s music. Students will also study the differences in sounds between the genres of Rock & Roll, and will be identify music from each of these genres. Students will develop time lines of what was happening in the world of Rock & Roll, concurrently, with time lines with what was happening in general American and world history.

    With regards to the guitar portion of this class, students will begin with learning basic guitar chords, strumming patterns, and tablature reading. Throughout the course, students will delve into the world of more complex chords, chord structures, chord inversions, music writing, singing while playing the guitar, and what it takes to create a successful rock band.

    Unit 1: 1950-1960

    Unit 2: 1960-1970

    Unit 3: 1970-1980

    Unit 4: 1980-1990

    Unit 5: 1990-2000

    Unit 6: 2000-present

    Rationale

    Time in Weeks

    Unit 1: 7 weeks

    Unit 2: 7 weeks

    Unit 3: 6 weeks

    Unit 4: 6 weeks

    Unit 5: 6 weeks

    Unit 6: 8 weeks

     

     

    Unit 1: 1950-1960

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    Rock & Roll was born during the 1950’s, from a blend of Rhythm & Blues, country, and gospel music. Originally confined to the Rhythm & Blues platform in the early 1950’s, rock crosses over to the Pop charts from 1955 onward. The electric guitar becomes available in the early 1950’s, and is adapted by Rhythm & Blues artists, as well as Pop artists. The 78 RPM record is replaced by the LP (long playing) vinyl album and the 45 RPM single is introduced. Artists who forged the path during the 1950’s are Bill Haley and the Comets, Orioles, Fats Domino and The Platters, Pat Bonne, The Crewcuts, Georgia Gibbs, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley. Politically, the 1950’s was at a crossroads. The United States was the world’s strongest military power, and its economy was booming. However, the 1950s saw great conflict; the civil rights movement and the threat of communism at home and abroad exposed the divisions in American society.

     

    Enduring Understanding

    The roots of Rock & Roll began in the 1950’s, and were shaped by the exploration of electrical sounds in music.

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll come into being?
    • What artists influenced the Rock & Roll movement?
    • What artists were instrumental during this decade of music?
    • What events were happening in the United States that helped shape the movement?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • What was happening in Rhythm and Blues during this time?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What is the structure of the guitar?
    • How do you tune a guitar?
    • What is a chord?
    • What is guitar tablature?
    • How do you read guitar tablature?
    • How did guitar music and guitar playing evolve over the decade?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain how Rock and Roll came into being.
    • Identify the artists who influenced the Rock & Roll movement, and why the movement started in the first place.
    • Identify the artists who were prevalent during this decade, and how their music shaped the sound of the decade.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the United States during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the world during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss what was happening in Rhythm & Blues during this decade, and how it helped influence what was happening in Rock & Roll.
    • Explain and analyze what was happening in theoretical terms of Rock & Roll music.
    • Name the parts and structure of the guitar.
    • Explain how to tune a guitar, and then tune the guitar.
    • Explain what guitar chords are and be able to play chords from a predetermined list.
    • Explain what guitar tablature is, and be able to play melodies from guitar tablature.
    • Explain how guitar playing and music related to Rock & Roll evolved over the decade.

     

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

    Unit 2: 1960-1970

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    Rock & Roll began to evolve during the 1960’s, with the expansion of different genres by American artists, and also with the British Invasion. Elvis Presley is still a huge contributor to the Rock & Roll scene, however, the Brill Building sound with girl and boy groups, Surf Music, and Motown, who brought African-American artists to the forefront of the pop charts, begin to emerge. By the mid 1960’s, American Artists are sharing the charts with groups from The UK, such as the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Inspired by the British sound, garage bands from America begin to emerge. During the decade, songwriting transitions beyond pop love songs, to songs that include social consciousness and political statements. During the latter part of the decade, psychedelic music emerges due to the growing hippy culture. Prevalent groups and artists during this decade are The Supremes, Righteous Brothers, Neil Diamond, The Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, The Miracles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kingsmen, Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd. Woodstock was part of the fabric of the 1960’s, with a half million people converging on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY, for a three day music festival. Historically, at the beginning of the 1960’s, America felt that it was on the cusp of a “golden age,” with the election of the charismatic John F. Kennedy as president. Quite to the contrary, by the end of the 1960’s, it seemed as if the country was falling apart. President Kennedy was assassinated, The Cold War between Russia and The United States and the Vietnam War were dominating the headlines. Civil injustices that lead to the Stonewall Rebellion and the passing of the Civil Rights Act by President Johnson added to the tumult of the decade.

    Enduring Understanding

    During the 1960’s, rock music begins to dominate the musical scene, and begins to diversify between several different genres.

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll change from the 1950’s to the 1960’s
    • What artists were instrumental during this decade of music?
    • What events were happening in the United States that helped shape the movement?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • How did the British Invasion change the course of Rock & Roll Music?
    • How did Woodstock help shape Rock & Roll moving into the 1970’s?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What is the structure of the electric guitar and bass guitar?
    • How do you tune an electric guitar and bass guitar?
    • What is a capo?
    • What are the different kinds of strumming patterns for guitar?
    • How do you create melodies?
    • What are chord progressions?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain how, and why, music changed and evolved between the 1950’s and 1960’s
    • Identify which artists were instrumental during the 1960’s
    • Explain and identify the different sounds of the groups from all genres related to Rock & Roll during the 1960’s
    • Identify pivotal political movements at home and abroad that helped propel the different groups and sounds of the 1960’s
    • Explain what the British Invasion was, and why it was important to Rock & Roll music
    • Research and discuss Woodstock, and how it helped shape music heading into the early 1970’s
    • Identify the different chord structures, beat patterns, and musical instruments that were prevalent during all parts of the decade, and in between each genre
    • Explain and identify the different parts of the electric and bass guitar
    • Explain and identify how the electric and bass guitars are different than acoustic guitars
    • Identify what a capo is, and how it is used with reference to the guitar
    • Identify different strumming patterns on the guitar, and how those patterns are used in the different genres of Rock & Roll music
    • Explain how to create a melody on the guitar, and create different melodies using guitar tablature
    • Identify different types of easy chord progressions, and how those progressions were used during the 1960’s

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

    Unit 3: 1970-1980

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    The beginning of the 1970’s is marked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison. Psychedelic music is on the decline, however, morphs into hard rock, progressive rock, and heavy metal. Touring bands move from playing smaller venues, into playing sports arenas. The Beatles break up, however, each of its members continue to impact the music world with successful solo careers. Bands whose careers began in the 1960’s, such as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Grand Funk, and Led Zeppelin, travel in private jets and play to thousands in stadiums and outdoor arenas. Distinction between Top 40 radio and FM album rock radio stations, and car stereos become common, as well as 8-track tapes, followed by cassette tapes. With the diversity of channels, along with an expanding market, more musical diversity emerges. The early 1970’s is dominated by singer songwriters, and soft rock. Glam and Glitter Rock comes to fruition for a short time. Live albums become popular. Reggae moves out of Jamaica to become a world wide genre. Disco dominates on the radio and on the dance floor in the later part of the decade. Punk Rock and New Wave leap onto the stage as bands move beyond guitars and drums, and begin to incorporate synthesizers. Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42 in 1977. In world history, the 1970’s are a tumultuous time. Women, African-Americans, gays, and other marginalized members of society continue their fight for equality. A “new right” emerged to help promote political conservatism, however, with the Watergate Scandal, and the downfall of President Richard Nixon, the country and the world began to question motives and integrity of its elected officials.

    Enduring Understanding

    Rock & Roll becomes big business, with the help of the car radio, 8-track and cassette tapes, as well as musicians touring the world on private jets, playing to packed stadiums and arenas.

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll change from the 1960’s to the 1970’s?
    • What artists were instrumental during this decade of music?
    • What events were happening in the United States that helped shape the evolution of music and Rock & Roll during this decade?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • What innovations helped make Rock & Roll a big business?
    • How did the sound or Rock & Roll change during this decade?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What is an inversion?
    • How do you play the guitar and sing at the same time?
    • What are some more difficult guitar chords and chord progressions?
    • How do you write a song using guitar tablature, chord progressions, and vocal melodies?
    • How did guitar music and guitar playing evolve over the decade?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain and describe how Rock & Roll changed from the 1960’s to the 1970’s.
    • Identify the artists who were prevalent during this decade, and how their music shaped the sound of the decade.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the United States during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the world during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss what was happening instrumentally during the decade, and how it changed between the 1960’s, and throughout the decade.
    • Explain and analyze what was happening in theoretical terms of Rock & Roll music.
    • Describe and explain what inversions are.
    • Explain how to tune a guitar, and then tune the guitar.
    • Explain and identify more advanced guitar chords, and be able to play those chords from a predetermined list.
    • Learn how to successfully sing while playing guitar
    • Learn how to write a song
    • Discuss how guitar music changed throughout the decade

     

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

    Unit 4: 1980-1990

     

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    MTV (Music Television) is launched in 1981. By 1983 MTV is available on 2,000 different cable systems worldwide. VH1 (Video Hits 1) is launched in 1984, and has a more classic rock format. With the inception of these two formats, Rock, and its many different genres, now have a 24/7 marketing base, which helps bring numerous artists and groups into the mainstream, including a resurgence in heavy metal, the emergence of synth pop, new wave, rap, and hip hop. Records and concerts to benefit charity are produced world wide, and concerts such as Live Aid, Farm Aid, Band Aid, help bring to light the many different struggles faced by fellow citizens of the world. Prevalent artists on the scene are Run DMC, LL Cool J, Salt n Pepe, ice T, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Paula Abdul, Phil Collins, Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Berlin, Devo, Soft Cell, Pat Benatar, Survivor, Journey, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Poison, Metallica, The Cure, The Stray Cats, Fear, The Misfits, R.E.M., Violent Femmes, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers; each genre had a plethora of new and prolific artists. On a tragic note, John Lennon is shot to death by a fan in 1980 just as he was coming back into the public eye with a new album. Politically, conservatism, “Reaganomics,” the toppling of the Berlin Wall, and The Cold War, all played huge parts on the world stage. Other major happenings during this decade are the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the continued race into space with the space shuttle launches, and the emergence of AIDS, and the stigma it brought upon the gay community.

    Enduring Understanding

    Rock & Roll and its many different genres get a huge boost in audience with just three letter: MTV. The prevalence of music videos as a 24 hour marketing tool is influential in bringing numerous bands and artists into the mainstream.

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll change from the 1970’s into the 1980’s?
    • What artists were instrumental during this decade of music?
    • What new genres of music emerged during this decade?
    • What events were happening in the United States that helped shape the evolution of music and Rock & Roll during this decade?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • What innovations helped form and shape what was happening musically during the 1980’s?
    • How did the sound or Rock & Roll and its many genres change during this decade?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What are some more complex chords, using different and more complex intervals?
    • What does it take to make a good rock band?
    • How did guitar music and guitar playing evolve over the decade?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain and describe how Rock & Roll changed from the 1970’s to the 1980’s
    • Identify the artists who were prevalent during this decade, and how their music shaped the sound of the decade.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the United States during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the world during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll.
    • Research and discuss what was happening instrumentally during the decade, and how it changed from the 1970’s, and throughout the decade.
    • Research and discuss the importance MTV and VH1 had on the music industry.
    • Explain and analyze what was happening in theoretical terms of Rock & Roll music.
    • Describe and explain more complex chords, using more intricate intervals
    • Explain and identify more advanced guitar chords, and be able to play those chords from a predetermined list.
    • Learn how to successfully sing while playing guitar
    • Research and discuss what makes a good rock band, and then try to create that within the class structure
    • Discuss how guitar music changed throughout the decade

     

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

    Unit 5: 1990-2000

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    Alternative Rock, Grunge, and Pop Punk, all expand and explode during the 1990’s and, ironically, explode into the mainstream. Major labels begin exploiting independent artists, and lure them away from smaller labels. Many alternative bands, including REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot chili peppers, The Smiths, and grunge bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl jam, and others, find success with mainstream audiences. Other genres to find success in the mainstream market are Jam Bands influenced by the Grateful Dead, such as Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, which all rely on album sales and live concerts. Heavy Metal morphs into new genres such as rap metal or rapcore, nu metal, industrial metal. Electronic music sees changes as well, with techno and house splitting into different styles including trance, drums and bass, tip hop and Eurodance. Hip Hop continues to influence and grow in diversity, with success for artists such as NWA, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Ice T, Eminem, Tupac Shakur, and many others. Pop and teen pop continue to appeal to younger radio audiences with groups such as Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Hanson, and The Spice Girls. Later in the decade, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears all emerge onto the scene. R&B artists such as Whitney Houston, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Boys II Men and make a splash. In the UK the term BritPop is coined as Oasis and Blur battle for the charts. World wide, advancements in computers and computer software allow for digital music creation and recording on home computers. The internet and sound compression allow for digital distribution of music, often bypassing needing a record label. The 1990’s are sometimes remembered as a decade of peace and prosperity: The Soviet Union fell, ending the decades-long Cold War, and the rise of the Internet brought about a new era of communication, business, and entertainment.

     

    Enduring Understanding

    During the 1990’s, the internet, as well as digital music, changed the music industry. Sound compression for digital distribution of music both legally, and through music sharing services, threaten the dominance of major record labels

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll change from the 1980’s to the 1990’s?
    • What artists were instrumental during this decade of music?
    • What was happening with regards to technology that made the music of the 1990’s more accessible?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • How did the sound or Rock & Roll change during this decade?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What are some more complex chords, using different and more complex intervals?
    • What does it take to make a good rock band?
    • How did guitar music and guitar playing evolve over the decade?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain and describe how Rock & Roll changed from the 1980’s to the 1990’s.
    • Identify the artists who were prevalent during this decade, and how their music shaped the sound of the decade.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the United States during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll and its many different genres
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the world during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll and its different genres.
    • Research and discuss what was happening instrumentally during the decade, and how it changed from the 1980’s, and throughout the decade.
    • Explain and analyze what was happening in theoretical terms of Rock & Roll music.
    • Research and identify more difficult chord structures and changes on the guitar.
    • Explain and identify more advanced guitar chords, and be able to play those chords from a predetermined list.
    • Continue to work on singing and playing the guitar at the same time, using more difficult chords and strumming patterns
    • Continue working on song writing and development.
    • Discuss how guitar music changed throughout the decade

     

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

    Unit 6: 2000-today

    Big Idea/Common Threads

    Rock & Roll music of the 2000's combined a variety of genres and it reflected a great deal of the pop music that came from the 1990’s, with many of the same artists and bands remaining popular between the two decades. Some of the more popular genres of the decade included Dance-Pop, Indie Rock, and Emo. Other popular genres that were reflected during this decade were Dance-Pop, Indie Rock, Emo, Pop-Punk, Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Electronica, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, New Wave Revival, Teen Pop, Boy Bands, Internet Stars, Disney Artists, Adult Contemporary, Country, Country-Pop, British Soul, and Latin Pop. Popular artists and groups during the 2000’s are Eminem, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, The Killers, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Norah Jones, Coldplay, Shakira, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Dixie Chicks, Destiny's Child, Leona Lewis, Flo Rida, The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, The Shins, Blink-182, Staind, System of a Down, and Korn. Many artists and groups break away from major record labels, as it becomes easier to record and distribute self produced music. As the history of the United States and the rest of the world is unfolding right before our eyes with the rise in different extremists groups at home and abroad, there were many other historical happenings that occurred that helped shape and create the world we live in today, most notable, September 11th.

    Enduring Understanding

    Rock & Roll sees sweeping changes with increased prevalence on the internet, through the use of social media, and through technological advances in home recording devices.

    Assessments

    • Formative quizzes
    • Summative unit exam
    • Guitar playing formative assessments
    • Guitar playing summative unit exam

    History of Rock Essential Questions

     

    • How did Rock & Roll change from the 1990’s into the 2000’s?
    • How did Rock & Roll evolve during the 2000’s to today?
    • What artists were instrumental during these decades?
    • What was happening with regards to technology that made the music of the 2000’s more accessible?
    • What events were happening in the rest of the world that helped shape the movement?
    • How did the sound or Rock & Roll change during this decade?
    • What was happening theoretically in music during this time?

     

    Guitar Essential Questions

     

    • What are some more complex chords, using different and more complex intervals?
    • What does it take to make a good rock band?
    • How did guitar music and guitar playing evolve over the decade?

     

    Unit Objectives

     

    At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

    • Explain and describe how Rock & Roll changed from the 1990’s to the 2000’s.
    • Explain and describe how Rock & Roll changed through the first two decades of the new century.
    • Identify the artists who were prevalent during this time, and how their music shaped the sound of the decade.
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the United States during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll and its many different genres
    • Research and discuss the events that were happening in the world during this time which helped shape the sound and the development of Rock & Roll and its different genres.
    • Research and discuss what was happening instrumentally during this time, and how it changed from the 1990’s, and throughout the decade.
    • Explain and analyze what was happening in theoretical terms of Rock & Roll music and its different genres.
    • Research and identify more difficult chord structures and changes on the guitar.
    • Explain and identify more advanced guitar chords, and be able to play those chords from a predetermined list.
    • Continue to work on singing and playing the guitar at the same time, using more difficult chords and strumming patterns
    • Continue working on song writing and development.
    • Discuss how guitar music changed throughout the decade

     

    Learning Activities

     

    • Listening activities related to music relevant to the decade
    • Writing reflections based on listening examples
    • Musical analyzation of the structure of songs
    • Learning chord and rhythmic structure of analyzed music
    • Working on guitar tablature and melodies of music analyzed
    • Creating a time line based on historical happenings, as well as musical happenings, during the decade
    • Analyzing how the music changed during the decade in response to historical activities

     

    Resources

     

    Textbook

    • What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History

    John Covach and Andrew Flory

    • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition

    Will Schmid & Greg Koch - Hal Leonard Corporation

     

    Online resources

     

     

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