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Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound
     

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

by Donna Latham, Bryan Stone
 

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The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Colonial Americans integrated European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. America’s jazz,

Overview

The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Colonial Americans integrated European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. America’s jazz, blues, rock, and hip-hop continue to evolve from their African-American origins. Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound invites kids ages 12 and up to explore the roots of American music genres as they investigate the social, political, and religious influences that inspire musicians. Activities encourage readers to inquire into the art and science of music. Readers can engage in a hands-on exploration of the physics of sound vibrations, decibel levels, and acoustics, or use vocal styling to improvise and discover the rhythm of their bodies to create a beatbox. Music encourages readers to analyze lyrics, their meanings, and rhythms, and then use that analysis to write their own songs. This title meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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School Library Journal
"This overview is a STEAM advocate's delight. ...an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music."

Marla Conn, educational consultant
Music is highly motivating and well written. The activities are thought provoking, engaging and entertaining, allowing students to connect the text to self, the world, and other texts! I love this book! It hits EVERY standard for reading informational text, history, and science.”

Cecil Adderley, Ph.D., Chair, Music Education Department, Berklee College of Music
“Provides the young reader with a glimpse into the evolution of American music with outlines of historical events that encourage further discovery. Diverse musical styles provide a broad scope of all things American.”

Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education and Woodwinds, Associate Professor of Music, National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota
“Surveys the blending of cultures and styles that produces a unique American sound. Not only does it explore music as an art, it introduces music as a science. Students and teachers will especially like the ‘Inquire and Investigate’ sections at the end of every chapter.”

Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
This book utilizes the latest educational trend, STEM teaching, to introduce musical forms and simple science experiments. The growth of American music is shown from colonial music to war-inspired themes and finally the digital formats available today. Each time period and genre brings its own experiments that may be done by students using simple materials. Some activities call for writing music and lyrics in the style of the time period. The format of the book is overwhelming for the intended audience, and seems to be more geared toward classroom use. There are several extra quotes and playlists for more information that can take away from the primary text. An extensive glossary and index are included to make referencing the book a bit simpler. The material presented in this book is more easily and attractively presented in other books about musical genre, but with the inclusion of experiments and activities, this would make a good reference volume or addition to a teacher’s personal collection. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck; Ages 10 to 13.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 5–8—This overview is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) advocate's delight. The book begins by discussing the science behind how humans hear music. The narrative then turns historical as readers are taken through the various stages of American music, beginning with the music of slave life, then the patriotic music of the 19th century, followed by the emergence of jazz, rock and roll, and hip-hop in the 20th century. The author skillfully connects the origins of Yankee Doodle to the social activism of Bob Dylan, offering a nuanced examination of the topic. Interspersed throughout the text are sidebars that include notable quotes and quick facts about various musicians and bands. Each chapter concludes with an "Inquire and Investigate" spread that encourages readers to engage in activities ranging from making their own wooden fife to warbling with wineglasses. The handful of fill-in-the-blank boxes makes this book less than ideal for library circulation. Cartoon illustrations are more decorative than informative; the glossary is extensive. Overall, this is an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.—Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619302013
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Inquire and Investigate Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering, Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering, Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, and Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. Donna lives in Batavia, Illinois.

Bryan Stone is a cartoonist and the illustrator of several books for Nomad Press including Explore Night Science, Explore Flight!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, and Explore Electricity!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.

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