March in Mr. Pruitt's class is Rock n' Roll month!
During this unit, we will identify the instruments of the Rock band, discuss some Rock History, and study some great musicians and their songs. This year, we will be studyng Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, and the "King of Rock n' Roll", Elvis!
The Rock Band:
The Rock n' Roll band can be made up of a variety of different instruments. I find that any instrument can play Rock songs, however, there are some which are very common to the style. The instruments we see most often include:
4. Keyboard/ Piano
6. Vocals/ Voice
Some other Facts to Remember:
-Rock music originated in America in the 1940's and 50's. The earlier styles of music which influenced Rock n Roll include Jazz, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, and Country.
-Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was a cultrual icon in the 20th Century. He was a Rock Musician who popularized the new style of music in the 1950's, so much so that he is commonly reffered to as the "King of Rock n Roll." Elvis is known for beautifully recorded songs, stylish clothing, and energetic dance moves. On this page, I've shared one of his most famous videos, Jailhouse Rock!
-Even though Rock music was first created here in America, it was brought to new levels of popularity and musical skill by musicians from Great Britain. Some of the greatest and most influential British Rock stars and Bands include include: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and many more.
There's no way we could about learn all of the great Rock musicians and songs in the world during our short time in class! Here are some additional songs to expand your Rock n' Roll repertoire. These are videos of musicians my students have studied over the past three years. Enjoy!