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    This week we are learning about a few different musical genres including but not limited to, musicals, hip-hop, rap, motown, blues, country, rock, latin, classical, and folk music. Musical genres are defined as different musical works that are sorted by similarities in form, style, and subject. See if you can find the music genres in this fun word searchCheck out the different sounds of classical, boogie woogie and rap music in this fun Music: Re-Mix Studio game.

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    A musical is a play or movie in which singing and dancing play an important role. Musicals developed from operas in the early 1900s. New York City's broadway started around 1850 and the first long running musical was Elves. It ran for 50 shows! Here are some of my favortie musicals and a link to a clip from the musical.

    The Sound of Music: was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards. The Sound of Music the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Doe a Deer

    Mary Poppins: is based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Supercalifragalistic

    The Wizard of Oz:  was first turned into a musical extravaganza by Baum. It is a loose adaptation of his 1900 novel (there is no Wicked Witch or Toto, and there are some new characters), it first played in Chicago in 1902 and was a success on Broadway the following year. Somewhere Over the Rainbow and If I Only Had a Brain

    The Lion King: opened October 5, 1997 and is still running on Broadway. The musical is a stage adaptation of the Disney animated movie. The Circle of Life live at the Olivier Award

    Oklahoma: was a big hit in the 1940's B and ran for 2,212 performance. Oh What a Beautiful Morning

    Annie: was based on a comic strip tittled Little Orphan Annie. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1977 and ran for 6 years. It won 7 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. It's a Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow

    West Side Story: is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music composed by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. I Feel Pretty and Maria


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    Rap, Hip-Hop, and Beatboxing

    Today let's take a look at music styles we don't normally discuss in music class, rap, hip-hop, and beatboxing. "The culture, music, and lifestyle known as hip-hop began in the Bronx in New York City. At house parties and community centers DJs mixed songs from different records together. They started extending short drum breaks into longer dance mixes by switching between record decks. Bronx DJs experimented with touching and moving vinyl records with their hands." Did you know that in the disney movie Happy Feet, the cute little penguins burst out into the chorus of Grandmaster Flash's 1982 hip-hop song, The Message? 

    1. Learn all about rap and hip-hop from this great Brainpop episode.

    2. Take the Brainpop quiz, learn some clean rap slang, and how some famous rappers got their name.

    3. Learn how to beatbox through the fun TedTalk below. Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion where a person produces drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using just one's mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. 

    4. Watch the music video and sing along to the song “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It won them a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group, in 1992, and the song peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. Questlove even put the song on his Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.

     (If you want to listen additional rap and hip-hop music please make sure your parent's have approved it.)

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    Let's wrap up our week learning about musical genres. Brainpop has an excellent unit on music genres that you can check out here. Have fun today and explore some of the genres below. Leave me a comment on what your favorite genre of music that is!

    Country: Country is a form of music originating in the rural southern US. It is traditionally a mix of ballads and dance tunes played characteristically on fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, drums, and keyboard. Learn more through this brainpop.

    Latin:Latin music encompasses a wide variety of styles, including influential genres such as cumbia, bachata, bossa nova, merengue, salsa, samba, and tango! Learn more through this brainpop.

    Jazz: Explore the jazz unit I taught in April for Jazz appreciation month here.

    Blues: Blues is defined as a genre of music developed by African Americans that is often about the heartaches of life. In week 2 of my jazz unit we learned about blues music here but you can dive deeper by watching this blues brainpop.

    Folk:Folk music is defined as songs passed down through many generations, whose writers are unknown. We sing a lot of folk music in general music class. Check out this 60's folk music brainpop for a great overview. If you want to dig deeper learn about and listen to music by Pete Seeger.

    Classical:Classical music is defined as a genre of music developed roughly in the 1750s that includes symphonies, operas, sonatas, song cycles, and lieder. Check out many of the lessons you may have missed on classical composers.