G8 U1 – Rock Songs

This unit introduces students to the genre of Rock Songs and its emergence in the 1950’s.  Students explore how 4 diatonic chords (I-IV-V-vi) are characteristic of music for over a hundred years as well as how the chords can be used to create bass lines, and verse/chorus structure. Students learn about the construction of triads and their inversions as well as how these are used to create bass lines and melody as a type of chordal harmony.  Everyone will take part in composing their own Rock songs using techniques learned during the unit.

PERFORMANCE – students will perform a variety of music.

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