Issue No. 6
February, 2015
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter

In this special all-popular music issue, we are celebrating Black History Month!  We will explore a few of the musical genres created by African Americans and discover some great artists along the way.  Without these important musicians, many styles of popular music we listen to today would not exist.  You can also check out the link in the student section to see how these genres developed through time into the music we hear on the radio today.  Happy Listening!

Music 101
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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1  and Listener Worksheet #2)

* This symbol indicates that a Music 101 faculty member will perform in this concert!

2/7 (Sat.), 10:15am or 12pm - Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert (Boston) (Instrument demonstrations/ playground from 9-10am) Don't miss the only family concert performed by the BSO this season! This concert will feature great pieces of music in an educational setting.  Geared for children ages 3-8, but fun and educational for everyone!  With adult tickets only $20 and kids tickets FREE, this concert is a great opportunity to introduce kids to the symphony orchestra experience.

*2/8 (Sun), 7pm - Joshua Garvey Performs (Cambridge)
See Music 101's Joshua Garvey perform alongside faculty from the Longy School of Music.  This concert will take place in Longy's Pickman Hall (located at 27 Garden Street (Harvard Square) Cambridge).  The concert will consist of selections from Vivaldi's oratorio Juditha Triumphans.  This is a FREE concert, so don't miss it! 

 2/8 (Sun), 3pm -Waltham Symphony Chamber Players (Waltham) Come hear some chamber music for FREE and support a local orchestra!  The concert will feature members of the orchestra playing  two woodwind trios and a string quintet.  A free will donation at the door will help support the Waltham Symphony.   

2/14 (Sat), 8pm - Lexington Symphony (Lexington)
This "Music from the Movies" concert is a unique opportunity to hear music from some of your favorite movies performed live by an orchestra!  Selections will include music from Jaws, Jurassic Park, 007, and many more favorites.  A film composer will also demonstrate how movie music is created.  This concert will be fun for all ages! 

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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1 and Listener Worksheet #2)

Big Band Swing Jazz:
Piano: William "Count" Basie and his band "Basie Boogie"
In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, important artists like Duke Ellington and Count Basie led large groups of musicians called big bands.  They played the upbeat, popular music of the time and paved the way for many new types of jazz to be created.  In past newsletters, we have studied jazz and talked about how musicians take turns improvising (making up solos as they go along).  Here Count Basie plays piano along with his band, and several musicians take turns improvising solos.

Contemporary Jazz:
 Violin: Regina Carter (with the Ray Brown Trio) "Lady Be Good" Traditionally, the only stringed-instrument used in jazz bands is the string bass (usually plucked).  But, people have been playing jazz on the violin since the genre was invented. (Check out this video of Duke Ellington's orchestra which includes a violinist).  In this video, Regina Carter uses a pick up (the metal thing with chord attached) to project the sound of her violin through an amplifier, much like an electric guitar. 


Electric Guitar (and Voice): B.B. King "Why I Sing the Blues"
Blues musicians typically sing about hard times in life.  The blues started out as a type of folk music usually played on an acoustic guitar.  Later, musicians like Muddy Waters and B.B. King started performing the blues on the electric guitar and adding back-up bands.  Although the blues is still performed today, this electric blues paved the way for rock and roll music and other modern genres.

Voice: Aretha Franklin "Rock Steady"  In past newsletters, we have studied gospel music.  Gospel music is jazzy-sounding religious music originally sung in church but later in the concert hall. (Click here to hear the popular gospel group, the Davis Sisters).  Aretha Franklin began by singing gospel music in church and still sings gospel today, but she is mainly known for singing soul music.  Soul music comes from and sounds similar to gospel, but it is not religious.  Soul music also paved the way for many other styles such as disco, funk, modern R&B, and even rap and hip hop!   
For Students

This cool chart shows many genres of music that were pioneered by African Americans and how those genres evolved through time.  Click on each genre to read about it, listen to samples, and learn about the artists who were influential in developing musical styles that are still popular today!       

In This Issue
Composers & Artists
How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter, completing worksheets, and redeeming them for great prizes!  Here is how:


1) Download Listener Worksheets from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 


2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas.  Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or
about something you heard for 10 additional points. 


3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #3 for 10 points.

5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.    

5) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points.