Lesson Plan

Popular Music and Music Videos - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9 - 12

Author: Defining Popular Culture is part of a three-lesson unit created by Robert Peregoodoff.


Popular Music and Music Videos is part of a three-lesson unit designed to introduce students to the concept of popular culture and the role that it plays in their lives. In this lesson, students examine the importance of videos to the music industry and the role that music plays in popular culture. In pairs, students interview each other about their musical preferences. This information is then tallied as a class. Activities for this lesson include: viewing and listening to videos, with and without sound, in order to analyze aesthetic visual elements; exploring the history of the music video; and independent projects on music videos for selected musical genres.

Learning Outcomes

Students demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the importance of rock videos to the music industry
  • an understanding of rock music’s contribution to popular culture

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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