I use this assignment as part of the discussion of appreciative
listening. It takes a full class period (40-45 minutes).
First I hand out the
Music Styles Chart. Students fill out the before
column with their opinions on all the music styles whether they
have ever heard it or not. Then I play all the styles of
music. As they listen, they complete the after column for
each type of music. When it is finished you can discuss
what the students discovered.
You can put your own music files together using the
instructions for editing music using this program. To
find free music samples you can go to this
free music site.
(You don't have to use free samples - I usually have kids bring
me samples to use and I cut them to 30 seconds.)
The music chart I've included is in excel so that you can change
it to add your own styles that you put together. I've also
included a partial list of music genres to get you started in
I've now included the files of the music I use. They are
all 30 second clips or less. If you want to use these
clips, PLEASE right click and download each of them to your
computer. If you play them from the website, it will
increase my bandwith and I will have to take the files down.
If you have questions, feel free to