Music Genres

Music Genres

There are many different genres of music. Each genre has many sub-groups that define types of music more specifically, and that is why it is so confusing for English Language Learners.

Pop Music:

A form of music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. It is short for “popular music”. A distinct genre, designed to appeal to all, often characterized as “instant singles-based music aimed at teenagers” and is constantly evolving.

Rock Music:

A form of popular music that evolved from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s. The standard formation of drums, bass, electric guitar, vocals and sometimes keyboards. There are many sub-genres that have come out of this genre.

Reggae Music:

A form of pop music that originated in Jamaica, combining elements of calypso and rhythm and blues with a strongly accentuated offbeat. Bob Marley was the first internationally known reggae musician.

Jazz:

Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation.

Country:

A form of popular music originating in the rural southern US. It is a mixture of ballads and dance tunes played characteristically on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and pedal steel guitar.

Hip-Hop

A music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.

Classical:

This music written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830, when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized. It uses orchestras to produce their distinctive light and airy sound, which is only one melody that  was played with each instrument contributing its own range and voice to the piece as a whole

Latin Music:

A music genre originating from Latin America, it usually refers to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas and the Caribbean south of the United States.

Folk Music:

 Type of traditional and generally rural music that originally was passed down orally through families and other small social groups, rather than by written form. The definition of folk music varies depending on the part of the world, social class and period of history

Techno Music: A form of electronic dance music that started in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s and became globally popular in the 1990s. It is short for “technology”. It is characterized by a fast, driving rhythm and the use of computers and keyboard synthesizers to produce electronic sounds.

2) Powerpoint listening activity

https://en.islcollective.com/resources/projectables/powerpoints_ppt_pptx/types_of_music_ppt/music-elementary-a1/51403

3) Extra fun activity if you want to hear more examples of music genres and try to guess what genre you hear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-WaYjxazoI

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