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!
How to access the Song Styles activities:
- Visit QuaverMusic.com and log into your Teacher Account
- Click the TEACHER Tab
- Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
- Type the song title into the Search Bar
- Find the Song Styles activity in the Hub
Listen to the Songs
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. For example, “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!