Who is the inventor of the vocal jazz style called "scat singing"?
What style of music is known for using acoustic stringed instruments like the banjo, fiddle and mandolin?
John Phillip Sousa
What important "turn of the century" composer was also known as "The March King"?
What style of dance was played by Big Bands in the 1940s?
What popular music style from the 1970s was perfect for dancing?
Who was a popular American Folk musician from the 1960s and 1970s?
The Beach Boys
What popular music group from the 1960s sang about the joys of surfing, cars, and being teenagers?
Motown and Soul
Two primarily African-American styles of music of the 1960s.
In the 1950s, who was referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll"?
Jazz and Blues
Two styles that influenced the creation of Rock and Roll.
Scott Joplin is famous for composing what early jazz style?
The underlying pulse of a piece of music.
The shape of a melody is called:
The symbol that represents silence in music.
The organization of music into sections using repeats, contrasts and variations is the definition of what element of music?
The musical element that acts as the musical support system for the melody.
A music style from the 1980s that is known for its driving bass line and spoken vocals.
A person who: combines music of different styles, genres, or cultures and uses the latest recording or performance technologies.
Brass and Woodwind
Two instrument families that require wind (air) to make a sound.
The relationship between the size of the instrument and the low or high soudn it produces. (The smaller the instrument, the higher the sound)
The instrument family known as the backbone of the orchestra
Reeds are used in what instrument family?
Parts of the guitar
Fret, body, neck, tuning pegs, head, fingerboard, sound hole, strings, pick guard, nut
The space between the metal bars on the guitar fingerboard.
Pitch and rhythm
Melody is the combination of what two things?
When artists take established musical styles and combine them with other existing or new ideas
Big Band - characteristics
Large performing group that uses several trumpets, trombones, and saxophones, as well as piano, bass, guitar, drum set and sometimes a vocalist. Rhythms are "swung." Strong and steady beat, used for dancing. Form usually uses repetition and contrast rather than variation. Harmony is generally not complex. Melodic Contour is easy to follow and usually homophonic (several instruments playing the same or similar things at the same time). Emphasis is on the instrumental performers, and not so much on the vocalists. Popular in the 1940s and typically about love, World War II, or being separated from someone you care for. Examples of performers are: Glen Miller and Benny Goodman.
Motown - characteristics
Large performing group that contained several singers, as well as keyboards, drum set, electric guitar, electric bass, and sometimes strings, brass or saxophones. Emphasis on singing in harmony and vocal skill. Often features a lead singer and back-up vocalists. Originated in Detroit and primarily featured African-American performers. Stylized performances involving complicated dance routines by the performers. Songs were typically about love. Examples of performers are: The Supremes, The Tempations, and the Commodores.
Rap - characteristics
Spoken lyrics, with an emphasis on the poetry and language of the lyrics being important. Very little melody or harmony. Often about social problems or difficulties. Early performers dressed as they would on the street, evolving into stylized dress (Bling and fashion). Strong beat with heavy bass. Uses pre-recorded music that has been sampled, often with computers. Involves "scratching" as a musical component and repetition of sampled ideas. Examples of performers are: Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Beastie Boys, and Run DMC
Disco - characteristics
Sung lyrics (often with falsetto when sung by a man). Strong, repetetive beat, often generated by a drum machine and perfect for dancing. A great deal of synthesized sound (keyboards simulating strings or wind players), weak electric bass. Emphasis on the melody. Lyrics are usually about love or dancing. Examples of performers are: The BeeGees, The Village People, Gloria Stayner
-How has Technology effected the development of American Popular Music?
-How has the way people hear music changed since the 1900s?
-How has the recording industry changed?
-How has the manufacture of instruments changed?