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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.

Track 4: Pete Townshend

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English guitarist, singer and composer. He is co-founder, leader, principal songwriter, guitarist and secondary lead vocalist of the Who, considered to be one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century.

Track 5: Jimmy Page

James Patrick Page (born 9 January 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Track 6: Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri. Chuck Berry was one of the most influential rock 'n' roll performers in music history and is known for songs including "Maybelline" and "Johnny B. Goode."

Considered by many as the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Chuck Berry had early exposure to music at school and church.  With his clever lyrics and distinctive sounds, Berry became one of the most influential figures in the history of rock 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.

You will begin with this research sheet:

Great Guitarist: Part 2

We will be working on this in class - however, if you miss a session, please complete the following chart with at least 4 facts per Great Guitarist.

Track 1: Vivir Mi Vida (Marc Anthony)

Marco Antonio Muñiz, better known by his stage name Marc Anthony, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record executive, television producer and philanthropist. The two-time Grammy Award and six-time Latin Grammy Award winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair's Award. He also received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16, 2009. He holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling tropical/salsa artist and the most number-one albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums year-end charts.

Track 2: Songland  featuring Luis Fonsi

Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is an American singer, songwriter and actor from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Luis Fonsi received his first Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Record of the Year category and won Song of the Year in 2009 thanks to the song "Aquí Estoy Yo". The song also won three Billboard Latin Music Awards. In 2017, "Despacito" became Fonsi's biggest success winning four Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards and received three Grammy Awards nominations. He also won one Latin American Music Award for "Échame la Culpa" (2018) with Demi Lovato. As of 2018, he has broken six Guinness World Records and sold more than 11 million records with "Despacito". "Despacito" was the most-watched YouTube video of all time until November 2020, with over 7 billion views.

Track 3: Afro-Cuban All Stars

The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra that has always been devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles. Their music is a mix of all the styles of Cuban music, including bolero, chachachá, salsa, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzón, rumba and abakua. They are known internationally for their 1997 album A Toda Cuba le Gusta, which was recorded at the Buena Vista Social Club sessions.

Beginner Guitarists: 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!

Students must select and perform a piece of music on an instrument of their choice.

Instruments could include: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice, or Keyboard Instrument.

All songs selections must be discussed with me and must demonstrate competence at your level.

Now, while all students will be learning how to play an instrument - 

Everyone will be working at a different level!

This is okay.

We will determine a base line and then you will be marked according to your progress from that point.

Here is a rubric which will be used in the marking of the Performance Competency:

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