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Ever wondered what “Rocky Mountain” would sound like as a pop song? Well you don’t have to wonder anymore! Each Song Styles activity compares different versions and styles of folk songs—featuring a playlist of three different versions of the song. Challenge your students to compare the songs, describe the musical elements, and flex their skills in evaluation and response. What musical elements might your students find? Let’s check it out!
Here are a few ways to use this activity:
Quaver users will find this activity on the Rocky Mountain Song Hub. Ideal for grades 2-4.
Listen to the Songs
When accessing this resource at QuaverMusic.com, click the green play button to listen to the song. The top song is the original folk version of the song. This is your best starting point! It may be helpful for students to be familiar with that version of the song before comparing it with other versions. Students can listen to the other songs individually or in groups. “Rocky Mountain” features a pop version and a piano ballad version. Hearing and comparing different versions of the songs is a great way to enhance responding skills! Students will learn to understand how to analyze music and begin to understand their emotional responses to certain styles or moods created by the music.
Compare the Songs
The Song Styles activity is the perfect opportunity to lead a discussion analyzing the three songs. Using the worksheet provided in the Printables section of the Hub, have students compare the songs. Have students articulate the emotional content of the song by relating it to a movie scene. Can they describe a scene where this song might be used? How does the song make them feel? Students can also create imaginary story boards for the song using the worksheet that accompanies this activity. This is another way of helping students unpack the emotional content of the song!