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DONNA’S SIXTH GRADE UNIT

20th Century Music

Decade By Decade

 

Turn of the Century – Gilbert and Sullivan

                    “The Pirates of Penzance”, story and music (carefully chosen)

 

1900s – Macmillan McGraw Hill Share the Music Sound Capsule,

                    The 1900s-1910s

             Scott Joplin

             Ragtime

             The two-step dance

 

1910s – Irving Berlin

            

 

1920s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1920s

            George Gershwin

             “Talkies”(films)

             Start of Walt Disney Company

             The Charleston

              The Carters (country)

 

1930s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1930s

          Continue Gershwin

          Fantasia 2000, “Rhapsody in Blue” video

          Start of Big Band and swing music     

 

1940s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1940s

           Glenn Miller and other Big Band music

            Aaron Copland

            TV and its influence on music

 

1950s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1950s

            Be-bop

            Start of Rock ‘n roll 1955

            Bill Haley, Chuck Berry

            Mini-unit on Elvis Presley

            TV and its influence on music

 

 

1960s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1960s

             Folk music, surf music

             Mini-unit on The Beatles and mentioning other Brits

             TV and its influence on music

 

1970s – MMH Share the Music Sound Capsule, the 1970s

              Pop, sugar, and hard rock

              Country music pushes through to the top

 

 

Included in each decade: Listening, visuals where possible, get up and move in the dance style of the decade (difficult with 2nd semester 6th’s or in rooms where there’s little space).

 

In one semester, once a week classes, I’ve NEVER gotten past the 1970s.