American folk music

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American folk music

  1. 1. What is it? Where did it come from?What can we learn from this type of music?
  2. 2. Folk music is music created and performed by common people (not the rich) and passed down from generation to generation.
  3. 3. Folk music is found in every culture and is created by the common people of that culture. Since every culture is a little different, there are many types of folk music. Indian Folk  Musicians Chinese Folk Musicians  How are all types of folk music the same?
  4. 4. When immigrants came to America, they sang the songs of their previous cultures. Their previous culture was a part of their identity and helped them remember their past.Folk songs are rarely ever written down. Instead, people share them to one another orally (by singing).Because these songs aren’t written down, they change over time (words may change; melodies may lengthen or shorten; two or more songs may be mashed together).
  5. 5. Because folk music was created by the common person, any instrument s/he owned could be used. The more popular instruments include:  Guitar  Double Bass  Fiddle  Banjo  Mandolin  Dulcimer  Harp
  6. 6. When slaves had no instruments, they made music with their voices.Other musicians create their own instruments out of what they found around the house. These groups were called Jug Bands.  From the movie “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas”
  7. 7. In America, there are a few types of folk songs we find again and again. The first is a ballad.  A ballad is a song that tells a story, often times about real events.Another type of folk song is the spiritual.  A spiritual is a song that deals with religion.  African-Americans sang many spirituals . . . some were about their beliefs and others were about escaping slavery and finding freedom.
  8. 8. In additional to ballads and spirituals, many types of folk songs deal with activities or situations:These are some (not all)  Work songs  Prison songs  War songs  Songs for children  Dances (Reels, Square Dances)
  9. 9. Famous Folk MusiciansStephen Foster – known as “the father of American Music”. He wrote many popular songs from the 1840s to the 1860s. He wrote Oh Susanna!Woody Guthrie – folk songwriter who wrote ballads about his life during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression (1930s). He wrote This Land Is Your Land.Bob Dylan – One of the most famous folk/rock singers of the 1960s who is known for writing very intelligent lyrics.
  10. 10. Famous Folk MusiciansStephen Foster – known as “the father of American Music”. He wrote many popular songs from the 1840s to the 1860s. He wrote Oh Susanna!Woody Guthrie – folk songwriter who wrote ballads about his life during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression (1930s). He wrote This Land Is Your Land.Bob Dylan – One of the most famous folk/rock singers of the 1960s who is known for writing very intelligent lyrics.

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