Object based learning is a fun way to learn about a topic or time period. In the box on the table is an object that will kick off our learning journey.
You have 10 minutes to find out everything you can about the object. You are free to use any means of research available to you. You can work with a team, as a class, or as an individual.
After 10 minutes, we will discuss what you learned, why you think the object is important and relate it to our work together.
Google the definition of watershed date. Share your understanding of what the term means and include some examples of watershed dates using this padlet:
Review the two sites below. Be on the look out for possible watershed dates! You will be compiling watershed dates in music, society, and technology and making a continuum as your composition for this unit.
The History of Electronic Music, 1800-2015: Free Web Project Catalogues the Theremin, Fairlight & Other Instruments That Revolutionized Music by clicking here: http://www.openculture.com/2016/06/the-history-of-electronic-music-1800-2015.html
120 years of electronic music: http://120years.net/
May 29, 1913. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring premiered in Paris. The ballet was written during a time when society was changing and growing rapidly. Just under the surface, trouble was bubbling and boiling. Europe was on the brink of the first World War and many looked to music for comfort and consolation from the turmoil, uncertainty, and hard times they were experiencing . Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring did not deliver. Actually, his ballet took the lid off of the boiling pot! And so, at the premiere, there was a riot. Watch the video below and think about how Stravinsky used complex rhythms and instrumentation to convey unrest, disease, and the underlying current of society, politics, and culture in 1913. Do you think this ballet could be an example of a watershed date in music history?
C. You will find that throughout history every revolution (watershed dates often coincide with revolutions and great shifts in technology and shifts of political and societal power) that has ever taken place has music intricately woven into it. Can you think of any possible watershed dates that have occurred in your lifetime? In the past 100 years? Has technology had anything to do with those shifts? Has music?
As you begin to think about the things you will include in your continuum, I want you to explore how society, technology, and music connect us to our past. I want you to also consider what music will look like in the future. How far can creativity and innovation take us in the future? Will we be unable to make advances at some point because we have advanced so far? Will we run out of new ideas, new technologies, new music?
History of Electronic Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKlpoOZvdE4
What the future sounded like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KkW8Ul7Q1I
The shape of things that hum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mt2-mlTz7Y
Music, Social Change, and Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web007rzSOI&list=PLKZpqSQGeN5Alapm0IOmnJ1yzo4gOWQmg
Will we ever run out of music?
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