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November 2014
Unit 3 GeoMusic Assignment
1. Make a list of no less than 12 and no more than 15 songs that have some geographical
significance to what has been or will be studied in our AP Human Geography class.
2. The student will edit short sound clips (15 seconds) on to a CD, DVD or Flash Drive. The
clips cannot have lyrics that say the name of the setting but should give CLUES as to the
For example: Sweet Home Alabama is unacceptable
For example: Now Watergate does not bother me. Does your conscience bother you?
Thats acceptable.
3. Each individual will print a question sheet that lists what scale the correct answer will be.
In the above example the scale would be: What state?
Another example could be the scale for the Beach Boys Kokomo. What region? (With the
answer being the Caribbean)
4. Before the day of the quiz each student should make sure they test their media to make
sure everything is in working order.
5. On the day of the quiz each student should hand out their question sheets and play the
6. On the day of the quiz, after playing the clips, the student should collect the answer
sheets and go through the clips again and explain what the setting was and why they
chose that clip.
7. Each student will write a concluding paper explaining how THREE songs from
their students media presentation and their associated lyrics relate to some
aspect(s) of human geography. This can be a relationship associated with a
place name, language, religion, politics, economics, etc. Basically anything
geographic that we study in this course. Suggested length of this paper should
be 1.5 pages word processed in total. Paper needs to be turned in on or before
November 25, 2014.
** Great web sites for finding lyrics related to GeoMusic assignment: **
*Folk songs sorted by country
*Great explanations of lyrics
*A universe of music lyrics!
*all the lyrics you could ever want!
*lots of lyrics to every type of music

*All genres of music lyrics are available at this site.

Some types and styles of music:


music characterized by highly embellished melodies and fugal and

contrapuntal forms; (ex.: J.S. Bach and Vivaldi)


used a basic three-part form, known as the first movement sonata

form; this developed into the four part pattern of the sonata; the music
conformed to certain standards of form and complexity; there was
balance, simplicity and restraint (ex.: Mozart and Haydn)


a type of 18th and early 19th music that was a revolt against the
artistic, political and philosophical principals associated with classical
music; this music has freedom of form and spirit, with an emphasis on
feeling and originality and the personality of the artist himself with an
interest in the nature, the East, and the common man (ex.: Chopin,
Liszt, and Wagner)


music made and handed down by the common people; the music is
transmitted through general culture from one generation to the next
(ex.: Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie)


music originally improvised, by now also arranged, characterized by

syncopation, rubato (with some notes arbitrarily lengthened and others
correspondingly shortened used as a musical direction to indicate
flexibility and expressiveness), usually heavily accented rhythms,
dissonances, individualized melodic variations and unusual tonal
effects on the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone; it originated in
New Orleans among African American musicians (ex.: Duke Ellington
and Miles Davis)


a style of folk singing originally associated with evangelistic revival

meetings; music having to do with the gospel (the good story or good
news from the Bible) or with evangelism (salvation by faith in the
atonement of Jesus) (ex.: Mahalia Jackson)

Rock and Roll

a form of popular music characterized by a strong and regular rhythm,

which evolved from jazz and the blues (ex: Elvis Presley)


African American folk music characterized by minor harmonies, with a

slow tempo and melancholy words; a form of jazz evolved from this
style (ex.: James P. Johnson and Bessie Smith)

Hip Hop

Music that originated in the Bronx, NY and developed in the last

twenty years that represents a gang sub-culture of the USA; the music
has components of rap, break dancing and graffiti; the music has
layers of sounds with over voicing of a DJ or singer and use of
electronic tracks combined and spliced in (ex.: Run- D.M.C. and Queen