Exploring the Roots and Influences of Rock Music

Exploring the Roots and Influences of Rock Music

David Kaminski
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Georgetown Middle High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


General Music


Computer lab with Internet access


80 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will already have an awareness of the variety of music called popular music in America from 1840-1950.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


computer, printer, internet access, notebook
The website: http://www.history-of-rock.com/additonal_pages.htm#Roots


Students will gain a preliminary understanding of how music they did not choose to listen to or did not know about actually contributed to the development of music they already enjoy.


Students will go to the web site: http://www.history-of-rock.com/additonal_pages.htm#Roots
Students will then choose one of links under the headings roots and influences. Students will retrieve information about a musical style which lead to the development of rock n roll, artists in that style, and any socio-economic/historical factors that link the style to rocks formation.
Each student will do a short presentation paraphrasing the content of their research area.
Teacher led discussion among students would link the various topics to rock music.


Class discussion, brief visual review of students accumulated materials, additional worksheets on term definitions

Follow Up:

Encourage students to look for recordings and MP-3 files of some of the old blues, jump-swing, country, et cetera artists. Additionally, immediately subsequent lectures will include listening examples of artists the students discovered in their research.

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