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"!
If you would like to keep track of your listening, please download a Viewing Log:
Track 1: Rirongere (Oliver Mtukudzi)
Oliver Mtukudzi (ZIMBABWE) was a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. Mtukudzi was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time. Oliver Mtukudzi passed away in January of 2019.
Track 2: Soul Makossa (Manu Dibango)
Emmanuel N'Djoké "Manu" Dibango was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He was best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa." Whether it was Congolese rumba in the 1950s, disco in the 1970s or hip-hop in the 1990s, his contribution to the development of modern music cannot be overstated. His songs amplified the hope felt by newly independent African states and formed the soundtrack to an optimistic era. Sadly, he died from COVID-19 on March 24, 2020.
Track 3: 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.
A musical style is a term which describes the division of music into specific categories.
Music of a certain style will share a certain "basic musical language".
Factors such as geographical origin, the characteristic manner of presentation of musical elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, form, etc.), a distinctive compositional manner of an era, country, or particular artist that makes that particular music unique, and a distinctive performance manner that differentiates music performed by a specific ensemble or artist from that same music performed by any other group or individual may contribute to this musical language.
In other words, there will be common characteristics and through an analysis of these particular characteristics, the listener can identify the specific musical style.
Musical Styles Project (Learning and Evaluation Situation)
Due Date: June 15, 2020
Complete instructions for this project can be found at:
For a chart of Musical Style Descriptions and Characteristics, please follow this link:
Many of you have instruments at home and so I encourage you to keep practicing!
I am working on a video series which will help remind you of the basics we learned at the beginning of the course.
Here is the first video in that series:
How to Play Guitar: Getting Started
Chords and Progressions are the building blocks of all songs...reviewing them is essential!
Basic Chord Chart
G Major Progression
C Major Progression
D Major Progression
APPLYING CHORDS IN THE CONTEXT OF A SONG:
Once you are able to play these chord progressions, try applying them in the context of an actual song!
Here are some examples of songs in these keys:
G Major Progression:
Good Riddance/Time of Your Life
C Major Progression:
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Down on the Corner (also has a tab which is easy to play)
D Major Progression:
Summer of '69
Bad Moon Rising
For further instructions or help, please do not hesitate to contact me: