Music of the 20th Century

Music of the 20th Century is a music appreciation class covering Pop music and culture. The class begins talking about the origins of rock-n-roll music that came out of popular jazz music and artists, such as Coleman Hawkins, Bessie Smith, and others. We cover the pioneers of Rhythm and Blues and Rock-n-Roll like Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and Little Richard. Then the artists that anchored Rock and R&B as a World Wide phenomena like Motown Records, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Other major contributing artists to pop music include: Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Madonna, NWA, 2Pac, Eminem, and more!

The class is structured around presentations and supplementary material to show how Jazz and Rock are American Music, and it doesn’t matter where the artist was born, it is music created in America.

Students enrolled in this class will also utilize Schoology to keep up-to-date on assignments, tests, and other related material.

Music of the 20th Century Course Information Sheet