Part 1

   1. What were some of the popular music venues influenced by Tin Pan Alley?

     2. Find an article on the web about Tin Pan Alley and share a brief synopsis of that article.    

     3.  How did radio contribute to the development of popular music?

     4.  With your textbook Listening Guides listen to:

(#21) “I Get a Kick Out of You”. Watch the video: Ethel Merman & Judy Garland; a medley of Tin Pan Alley songs


(#22) “New San Antonio Rose” . Watch the video: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, “Deep Water”


(#23)“Uncle Pen”, by Ricky Skaggs. Watch the video: Bill Monroe, the “Father” of Bluegrass-“Blue Moon Of Kentucky”



(#24)“Red High Heels”, by Kellie Pickler. Watch the video: Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crowe “City of New Orleans” s>



(#25)“Good Golly, Miss Molly” by Little Richard. Watch the video: “Good Golly, Miss Molly”



(#26) “Un-break My Heart”Watch the video: Toni Braxton “Unbreak My Heart” concert performance.

     5.  All of these audio listening examples and You Tube audio/video examples are obviously diverse from the standpoint of the decade in which they were/are popular. They are at the same time very different and yet in a larger sense very much the same. It has been said that modern popular music is more about visual presentation than it is about musical interest and quality. Do you agree with this? We all have had our personal emotional, entertainment, and artistic experiences with popular music. Using those experiences, perhaps your critical thoughts and material learned from reading the textbook (or some combination thereof), please write a short essay about the diversity of, but also the common role of Popular music in our culture. (100 to 150 words – or more)

Part 2


  1.  What is indigenous folk culture?

     2.  Listen to (#27) Rabbit Dance” and (#28) Butterfly Dance”.  Watch also:

You Tube: “Hopi Butterfly Dance” -Kykotsmovi, Arizona 
You Tube: Eagle Dance“, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico    

     3. Describe the relationship between the drumming, singing, dancing and costuming.  

     4. Listen to (#29) “Get Up, Stand Up”.    

     5.  Name as many cultural and musical factors as you can that have influenced this Reggae music. Use your textbook. Discuss its place in American music.    

     6.  Listen to (#30) “Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio” and (#31) “Arboles de la Barranca”            

You Tube: Tex-Mex: Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez, “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”


You Tube: Mexico City Festival – Mariachi

     7.  Two Mexican styles; ‘Tex-Mex’ and ‘Mariachi’. How are they similar? How are they different? Which do you like the best and why?    Cajun” dance feel. Describe as best you can the difference between these two Zydeco sounds.

    10. Discuss the two diverse musical cultures in southwest Louisiana that merged to form this music?    

    11.  Listen to Sergio Cuevas of Paraguay, Indian Harp (#33)“Pajaro Campana”.

You Tube: Colombia/Venezuela-traditional ‘Joropo’ music Grupo Cimarrón perform “Y soy llanero”
You Tube: Peruvian ethnic music – small restaurant in rural Peru

    12.  Pay attention to the use of extensive syncopation by the harp. Pay attention to the use of duple meter (two-beat) and triple meter (three-beat) by the other instruments and singer. Rhythmically which do you hear the most; the two-beat, the three-beat, both (mixed meter), the syncopation? or a balance? Discuss. The above is music from three countries in South America. What differences in the instruments and their sounds do you notice compared to the instruments and sounds in the earlier North American and Mexican examples in the above Discussion? Describe. This is a bit of a complex question. Do the best you can based solely upon what you hear and see.    

    13.  Use this  link to the Chambers Library Database and an American music history series called American Roots Music. You will watch and 255, 255); color: rgb(73, 76, 7e=”margin: 0.5em 0in 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12pt; background: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(73, 76, 78); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: 0.2px; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; font-family: “Times New Roman”, serif;”> Episode 4: “All My Children Of The Sun”

If prompted log in with your UCO student user name and password. This documentary video, and the others in the series, are the best I have ever seen on the history of music in America. It deals directly with everything we are studying in Chapter 7.

    14.  Watch the entire video (about 50 minutes), take notes as you watch, and write an essay describing your impressions. If possible write a balance between historical facts you already knew, and information that is new to you. Your essay should be about 175 to 200 words. If you wish you  compose your essay offline, using Microsoft Word, spell check, etc. Do not ‘attach’ your document, but copy and paste into the Discussion Topic HTML window below the other questions you have answered. This makes it much easier for the class to read each others postings, and then write responses to them. Generally your grammatical accuracy will be better as well.

NOTE: While there will be no assignment over Episode Two: “This Land Is Your Land” and Episode Three: “These Times They Are A-Changin'”  of the American Roots Music series, I urge you to watch them when you can make time. They are also very engaging and very interesting presentations about American music history. Here are the links:

Episode 2: This Land is Your Land:

Episode 3: These Times They are A-Changin’”


Part 3

1. Listen to (#34) “Bhimpalasi”.  Watch the video: Ravi Shankar, sitar, tambura & tabla  What is a drone?


2. Listen to (#35) “Kyo No Warabueta” and (#36) “Sado Okesa”. Watch the video: Kazue Sawai, bass Koto


3. What differences do you hear between the East Indian Sitar and the Japanese Koto?


4. List and discuss several ways in which “Eastern” music sounds different than “Western” music.


5. Listen to (#37) “Magonde”
6. Listen to (#38) “Yo Le Le”. Watch the video: Senegal Day Djembe Show


7. These are all examples of African music.  What is the primary, dominant musical element in African music?


8. Listen to (#39) “Angelina”Watch the video: Bulgarian Choir (in London)


9. What elements of this work sound “western” and what elements are uniquely Bulgarian?


10. Listen to (#40) “Gendhing ‘Kodok Ngorek”. Watch the video: Barong; Gamelan ‘Burat Wangi’ Spring Concert ’06
11. Listen to:  (#41) “Der Bosfer”. Watch the video: Der Bosfer-Klezmer Conservatory Band and Metropolitan Klezmer-Wedding Dance Medley


12. The examples in #10 and #11 could hardly be more diverse. Write your reactions to each. Can you compare the two?


13. Listen to (#42) “Aililiu na Gamhna” and (#43) “Tom Busby’s”Watch the videos: Celtic Band . Irish (Celtic) Step Dancing – ‘Riverdance’ show


14. Most of the examples in this chapter are deeply rooted in cultures of the world other than our own “European” rooted culture. But in modern times the musical traditions of many diverse cultures have influenced our “American” music. Write a brief essay (100 -150 words; or more) about how you feel ‘World Music’ has or has not influenced the muss=”Apple-interchange-newline”>

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