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Using AmPopMusic with your musical ensembles to meet
“Responding” and “Connecting” Standards is possible!

No American Popular Music History class? No worry – AmPopMusic can be still be a valuable tool for your ensembles.

You’re already meeting two of the National Standards with your rehearsals and performances. “Creating” and “Performing” are what you do – every class, every week throughout the year.

But, what about the “Responding” and “Connecting” Standards? Can they be part of your ensembles regular activities?

With ampopmusic.com, we think they can! Here are some ideas:

Lesson Plans
Key points, viewing suggestions, discussion ideas, and activities
Nine Study Units
Understanding Music, 19th Century American Music, 20th Century Folk, Country & Western, Jazz, Blues, Early Rock 'n' Roll, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre.
AmPopMusic "My Notepad"
Short essays, summaries, and reviews.
3 Important Things In 30 Seconds
30 second overviews or chapters as preview or summary of chapters
Available on All Smart Devices
Anywhere you have an internet connection, you have AmPopMusic!
Audio & Video Examples
Over 1,800 audio and video examples organized and available right within AmPopMusic.
Study Questions & Worksheets
Study Questions, Crossword Puzzles, and printable activities ready to use throughout AmPopMusic.
Assessments & Evaluations
Quizzes, tests, worksheets, and study questions.
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1) Connect with Your Repertoire's Background

AmPopMusic Study UnitIs Big Band part of your 2021-2022 repertoire? How about classic rock songs of the ’60s or ’70s? 19th century folk songs? Or perhaps selections from musical theatre, or rap, or the blues?

Give your students a research assignment to dig into the background of each of these genres to get a fuller understanding of what they’re playing or singing. Stylistic influences, key characteristics, important musicians and composers – all the background information for your students to better understand what they’re rehearsing each week.

And beyond the reading, they can watch and hear performances of similar repertoire to better understand how those works on your program have been interpreted by others.

Looking for their feedback? With their “Take Notes” widget, they can write short essays or summaries and they’re available for your viewing and evaluation immediately. 

2) Makeup Activities for Absences

AmPopMusic Study UnitIs Big Band part of your 2021-2022 repertoire? How about classic rock songs of the ’60s or ’70s? 19th century folk songs? Or perhaps selections from musical theatre, or rap, or the blues?

Give your students a research assignment to dig into the background of each of these genres to get a fuller understanding of what they’re playing or singing. Stylistic influences, key characteristics, important musicians and composers – all the background information for your students to better understand what they’re rehearsing each week.

And beyond the reading, they can watch and hear performances of similar repertoire to better understand how those works on your program have been interpreted by others.

Looking for their feedback? With their “Take Notes” widget, they can write short essays or summaries and they’re available for your viewing and evaluation immediately. 

3) Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

AmPopMusic Study UnitIs Big Band part of your 2021-2022 repertoire? How about classic rock songs of the ’60s or ’70s? 19th century folk songs? Or perhaps selections from musical theatre, or rap, or the blues?

Give your students a research assignment to dig into the background of each of these genres to get a fuller understanding of what they’re playing or singing. Stylistic influences, key characteristics, important musicians and composers – all the background information for your students to better understand what they’re rehearsing each week.

And beyond the reading, they can watch and hear performances of similar repertoire to better understand how those works on your program have been interpreted by others.

Looking for their feedback? With their “Take Notes” widget, they can write short essays or summaries and they’re available for your viewing and evaluation immediately. 

4) Feed Student Curiosity - Extra credit points or activity

AmPopMusic Study UnitIs Big Band part of your 2021-2022 repertoire? How about classic rock songs of the ’60s or ’70s? 19th century folk songs? Or perhaps selections from musical theatre, or rap, or the blues?

Give your students a research assignment to dig into the background of each of these genres to get a fuller understanding of what they’re playing or singing. Stylistic influences, key characteristics, important musicians and composers – all the background information for your students to better understand what they’re rehearsing each week.

And beyond the reading, they can watch and hear performances of similar repertoire to better understand how those works on your program have been interpreted by others.

Looking for their feedback? With their “Take Notes” widget, they can write short essays or summaries and they’re available for your viewing and evaluation immediately. 

5) Prepare for what might come - the return of "virtual classrooms"?

Is Big Band part of your 2021-2022 repertoire? How about classic rock songs of the ’60s or ’70s? 19th century folk songs? Or perhaps selections from musical theatre, or rap, or the blues?

Give your students a research assignment to dig into the background of each of these genres to get a fuller understanding of what they’re playing or singing. Stylistic influences, key characteristics, important musicians and composers – all the background information for your students to better understand what they’re rehearsing each week.

And beyond the reading, they can watch and hear performances of similar repertoire to better understand how those works on your program have been interpreted by others.

Looking for their feedback? With their “Take Notes” widget, they can write short essays or summaries and they’re available for your viewing and evaluation immediately. 

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Study Units

An Overview

Ch. 1: Understanding Pitch

Ch. 2: Understanding Musical Pulse

Ch. 3: Understanding Volume

Ch. 4: Understanding Tone

Ch. 5: Understanding Melody

Ch. 6: Understanding Harmony

Ch. 7: Understanding Rhythm

Ch. 8: Understanding Bass

Ch. 9: Understanding Countermelody

Ch. 10: Understanding Structure

Ch. 11: Understanding Instrumentation

Ch. 12: Understanding Tempo

An Overview

Ch. 1: 19th Century: Pre-Foster

Ch. 2: Folk Music by the People

Ch. 3: Popular Music in its Infancy

Ch. 4: Stephen Foster – “Father of American Popular Music”

Ch. 5: The Importance of Stephen Foster

Ch. 6: Scott Joplin – “King of Ragtime”

Ch. 7: The Player Piano – Automated Music

Ch. 8: John Philip Sousa – “The March King”

Ch. 9: John Philip Sousa – Recording Artist and Activist

An Overview

Ch. 1: John Lomax – Recording American Roots Music

Ch. 2: Woody Guthrie – “Father of Modern American Folk Music”

Ch. 3: Leadbelly & Pete Seeger: End of the First Wave

Ch. 4: The Kingston Trio – Beginning of the Second Wave

Ch. 5: Joan Baez – “First Lady of Folk Music”

Ch. 6: Peter, Paul & Mary – Balancing the Message

Ch. 7: Robert Zimmerman – The Beginning of an American Icon

Ch. 8: Dylan in New York City

Ch. 9: Dylan after Newport

Ch. 10: The Importance of Dylan

Ch. 11: Folk Music in the 21st Century

An Overview

Ch. 1: The Roots of Country

Ch. 2: Bristol Beginnings

Ch. 3: The Grand Ole Opry

Ch. 4: Cowboys and the Movies

Ch. 5: Western Swing

Ch. 6: Bluegrass: Hillbilly on Caffeine

Ch. 7: Honky-tonk: Merging Two into One

Ch. 8: The Nashville Sound: Country-Pop

Ch. 9: Rockabilly – Country meets R&B

Ch. 10: Country Feminists Find Their Voice

Ch. 11: The Bakersfield Sound

Ch. 12: Austin “Outlaw” Country

Ch. 13: Neo-Traditionalists at the end of the 20th Century

Ch. 14: Mainstreaming Country in the ‘90s

Ch. 15: Redesigning Country in the 21st Century

An Overview

Ch. 1: What is Jazz?

Ch. 2: Before It Was Jazz

Ch. 3: Jazz is Born!

Ch. 4: Early Jazz Musicians

Ch. 5: Louis Armstrong

Ch. 6: Chicago and Harlem – Hub of 1920s Jazz

Ch. 7: Big Band – Jazz Swing!

Ch. 8: Big Band Musicians and Singers

Ch. 9: Jump Blues and Bop

Ch. 10: Cool Jazz

Ch. 11: Hard Bop

Ch. 12: Free Jazz – Breaking the Rules

Ch. 13: Fusion – The Jazz-Rock-Funk Experience

Ch. 14: Third Stream and World Jazz

Ch. 15: New Age & Smooth Jazz

Ch. 16: Summary – Jazz Lives!

An Overview

Ch. 1: Blues – The Granddaddy of American Popular Music

Ch. 2: Where Did the Blues Come From?

Ch. 3: What Are the Blues?

Ch. 4: How to Build the Blues

Ch. 5: Classic Blues – The Early Years

Ch. 6: Delta Blues – Authentic Beginnings

Ch. 7: Blues in the City – Migration and Power

Ch. 8: Blues in Britain – Redefining the Masters

Ch. 9: Contemporary Blues – Maturity and Respect

Ch. 10: The Relevancy of the Blues Today

Ch. 1: Timelines, Cultures & Technology

Ch. 2: Pre-Rock Influences

Ch. 3: Rock is Born!

Ch. 4: Rock is Named

Ch. 5: Doo-Wop

Ch. 6: Independent Record Labels

Ch. 7: Technology Shapes Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 8: The Plan to Mainstream Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 9: Payola – Rock ‘n’ Roll’s First Scandal

Ch. 1: Crafting Sound in the Studio/Producers and Hit Songs

Ch. 2: West Coast Sound: Beach, Surf, and Teens

Ch. 3: The British Invasion: Two Prongs – Pop & Blues

Ch. 4: Motown and the Development of a Black Pop-Rock Sound

Ch. 5: Soul Music: Gospel and R&B in the Deep South

Ch. 6: The Sounds of Bubble Gum Pop-Rock

Ch. 7: The Arrival of Folk-Rock

Ch. 8: Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 9: Early Guitar Gods of Rock

Ch. 10: Rock Festivals: The Rise and Fall of Music, Peace, and Love

Ch. 11: Anti-Woodstock and Shock Rock Movements

Ch. 1: Technological Breakthroughs

Ch. 2: Electronic Dance Music

Ch. 3: Hip-Hop & Rap – An Introduction

Ch. 4: The Beginnings of Rap

Ch. 5: Old School Rap – Up From the Streets

Ch. 6: Rap’s Golden Age

Ch. 7: East Coast – Political Rap

Ch. 8: West Coast – Gangsta Rap

Ch. 9: The Fragmentation of Rap – Pop, Party & More

Ch. 10: Further Fragmentation – Different Directions

Ch. 11: The Importance of Rap

Ch. 1: Musical Stage Productions in America before the 1800s

Ch. 2: Minstrel Shows and Melodramas

Ch. 3: Stage Presentations in the Late 19th Century

Ch. 4: Early 20th Century: Revues and Operettas

Ch. 5: The Arrival of the Modern American Musical

Ch. 6: Great Partnerships in Book-Musicals

Ch. 7: Musical Theatre Composers in the mid-Century

Ch. 8: Fresh Voices on the Stage in the 1960s

Ch. 9: Two Dominant Forces at the End of the Century

Ch. 10: New Voices at the End of the Century

Ch. 11: New Voices, New Sounds in the New Century

Ch. 12: Musical Theatre Glossary

Ch. 13: Is it “Theatre” or “Theater”?

Study Units also have “Playdecks” – containing hundreds of chronologically organized audio examples of music in the study units, and “Study Qs” for unit chapters.

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