Vocal Music at Lake Norman Charter
Due to COVID 19, this year will be a year unlike any other. After reading all of the information put out by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Education and the North Carolina Music Educators Association, it is clear that of all the activities that students could participate in during school, singing may very well be one of the best ways to spread the COVID virus. At any time these courses could be transitioned back to a chorus class if the virus goes away.
The History of Rock and Roll - IT'S A HIT! (Pun intended)
Since singing is currently not an option, I have decided to take the music class at the high school in a different direction this year. Through listening, analysis, and discussion, students will explore the origins and the history of America’s Rock and Roll music. Assignments will be organized around song analysis, small group discussions, and in-class activities. The course begins with an overview of ancestors and influences: blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, swing, country & western, gospel and popular music, and the crossover success of rhythm & blues acts that marked the true birth of rock & roll. We will study the musical and social trends of the 1950s and the 1960s, including the influence of the British Invasion, which really signaled the arrival of rock’s second generation, the rock explosion and social upheaval of the late 1960’s, and the changes in Rock & Roll music during the seventies, eighties, and nineties. The course will culminate in an exploration of today’s current musical trends and icons including rap/hip hop.