Grade 9 Music

Music Appreciation is most meaningful when it has context...

Traditional teaching tells us  "how" to listen to music and "why" to listen to music.

The Geographical context tells us the "where".

The Historical context tells us the "when".

The Personal and Cultural Contexts tell us the "who" and the "why".

All of these are important pieces of the puzzle.

Yet, the great Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, said it best - "The trouble with Music Appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music. They should be taught to love it instead."

Here, then, are a few musical examples that I invite you to "love"!

Please download a Viewing Log.

Jot down your impressions and ideas.

Track 1: Eric Clapton (Layla)

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream.

Track 2: Jimi Hendrix (Purple Haze)

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career lasted only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Track 3: Stevie Ray Vaughn (Pride and Joy)

Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and front man of the blues rock band Double Trouble. Although his mainstream career only spanned seven years, he is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential musicians in the history of blues music.

In this unit, we will explore the lives of several Great Guitarists.

These musicians are not "great" because I say so!

These artists have stood the test of time and have received accolades and awards for their work.

This long-term project will be done as a Jigsaw.

Initially, you will be responsible for one piece of research

and then we will consolidate your work with others in the class.

A guitarist will be assigned to you - please do not start this project ahead of time.

You will begin with this research sheet:

Great Guitarist: Part 2

This project is divided into several sections.

Part 2 will be uploaded once Part 1 is complete!

All students will be learning how to play the guitar...and everyone will be working at a different level!

This is okay.

All students will learn (or review) basic skills

and then apply this work in the performance of individual repertoire.
We will look at playing group songs later on in the course.


Let's get started!

Here is the first video in my "Basic Guitar" series:

How to Play Guitar: Getting Started

Chords and Progressions are the building blocks of all songs...reviewing them is essential!

We will start with the G Major progression!

For further instructions or help, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Happy Playing!



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