After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley
Introduction (Famous Musicians)
History of Music
Music- My favourite place (poem)
Therapeutic value of Music (article)
Blind Opera (Story)
SCOPE OF THE UNIT
General Learning objectives of the Unit:
1. To give learners an insight into the vast and beautiful world of art and creativity with special emphasis on music
2. To give students a deeper knowledge of music
3. To encourage students to appreciate different skills of different people from different cultures
4. To help students learn about the origin of music
5. To help students learn about various kinds of music and their value
6. To enable learners to appreciate music beyond a leisure time activity
7. To help students learn that music is an integral part of our educational curriculum
Specific Learning objectives of the Unit:
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Learn about a variety of music like jazz, rock, pop, sufi, classical etc.
2. Understand the background of music from different parts of the world
3. Express their views on specific types of music in the form of a short story, article, paragraph, poem, debate, biography
4. Articulate their own views on music, its increasing relevance in today’s scenario and its scope as a healing therapy, a universal language and a stress reliever
5. Understand the importance of music as a necessary creative art to complement academic knowledge
Why Should We Do This Unit
Music is an integral and vital part of art education. This unit will help us see the indispensable role music plays in our lives from childhood to old age. Through various sections of this unit, we will understand that humankind and art cannot function without one another.
As educators, it is our responsibility to nurture in our students the knowledge and abilities that they need in order to be productive members of society. While mastery of basic subjects such as languages, social science, science and mathematics is essential to work towards this goal, many co-curricular subjects -- especially music – are also vital in this effort. Thus, music should be promoted as an essential component of elementary and secondary education.
There is a theory which states ‘reading music or playing an instrument is the one activity that when a brain is put under a scan, the entire thing lights up showing that music stimulates every part of the brain in some way’. New research shows that music has a positive influence on young children’s cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning and memory.
In this unit, students will read about famous musicians and those that left a mark despite all odds. This will bring home the lesson: ‘YOU can if YOU think YOU can ‘. It will not only be an interesting read for them but will also give them an insight into the history of early music.
Students will also learn the art of writing a biography, a poem and an article. They will see music as a beautiful way of life!
SECTION A: INTRODUCTION
To help students see others’ perspective about music and help them develop their own
2. Over the past few decades, a number of musicians have come and gone but only a few have been able to leave their mark in the memories of people. They have swayed the audience with their songs. Let us study about some of these popular musicians/singers: Top Musicians /Singers of World Fame
The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have achieved an iconic status in the music industry. Their numerous singles landed #1 in the music chart. People in the US and Europe, and in many other countries across the globe sing their songs even today. The Beatles is one of the most critically praised bands in the history of popular music who defined popular culture in the 1960s.
Elvis Presley: Four music Halls of Fame and dubbed as the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley is another icon who influenced music industry and shaped the rock and roll music genre. Even though he met an untimely death, his popularity continued. Many people in the industry even today wish to be ‘just like Elvis’.
Michael Jackson: Known as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson won a number of accolades and awards. Some of these are Two music Halls of Fame, 13 Grammy Awards, and five best-selling records that topped the charts across the globe—Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and History (1995). His album Thriller broke a number of sales records. His impeccable musical performances and dance moves left the audience spellbound.
Madonna: Controversial and unstoppable, Madonna, known as the Queen of Pop, is one of the most popular female singers. She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most successful female recording artist. She also joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and was heralded as the best selling female artist of the 20th century by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Allah Rakha Rahman: He is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. He is described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer. Rahman scored the film Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, for which he won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards. He is first Asian to win these laurels. His songs "Jai Ho" and "O…Saya" from the soundtrack of this film are popular across the world.
Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of these music systems and other genres, composed in the manner of his own.