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Do You Love Music? Maps101 Does!

Posted on July 25 2021

Do You Love Music?  Maps101 Does!

Dear Educators,

Research points to early humans using music to communicate perhaps even before the development of language. Using one’s voice was the likely first step. The earliest known artifacts considered to be musical instruments date from about 40,000 years ago in Europe. Today, music is an important part of nearly every culture. Musical styles sometimes help form people’s identities, including clothing choices, and help them establish friendship groups. This week, Maps101 takes a look at different musical styles, with articles and National Geographic videos.

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It is virtually impossible to talk about the history of the blues without mentioning Robert Johnson. Although he made few recordings, and biographic information is limited, there is no debating his massive impact on music. This GNN article explores more about this vital musician and the musical form he helped define.

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Even people who do not listen to classical music are likely to know Beethoven’s da-da-da-DUM theme. It is the booming beginning to his Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. Ludwig von Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and along with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is one of the most famous classical music composers. Find out more about Beethoven in this exclusive GNN biography.



Discussing The GNN articles include critical-thinking skills questions at the end that can be used as prompts for classroom discussion. 

Extending the Content Using the Search bar feature, add the keyword “music" to find more content that features music. Have students find another resource they are interested in and have them write a few paragraphs summarizing what they have learned.

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