Unit A
3 • Arts and power

The Colors of Music
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Is music a pivotal element of African American identity ?



Brainstorming question

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What is the difference between inspiration and copy?

IDIOM of the week!

Strike a chord

The first guitars arrived in America with European settlers. As it was quite cheap, it quickly became the instrument of choice for folk musicians and then for jazz, blues and rock as well. On a guitar, music is produced by plucking or striking the strings. When several notes are associated, it creates a chord which can be easily remembered. “A chord” often means something familiar.

Brainstorming question

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Can music be representative of a culture?


Jimi Hendrix, 1970.
Jimi Hendrix, 1970.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
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Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
a. Find a title for each box.

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b. Classify the words of the toolbox into the mind map and complete each category with other words.

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a. Look at the picture above. What strikes you?


b. Who are these celebrities? What do they represent?

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • in the background / foreground (adv.)
  • icon (n.)
  • pride (n.) / proud (adj.)
  • star / celebrity (n.)
  • embody / personify (v.)
  • hope (v.) / hopeful (adj.)

Step 3


React to an article about music.
Activity 4

On your way to the task - Step 1


Complete a timeline of American Music.
Activity 1
Activity 2

Popular Music in America


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  • blues / jazz (n.)
  • country / folk (n.)
  • hard rock / heavy metal (n.)
  • rhythm and blues /ˈrɪðəm/ (n.)
  • rock and roll (n.)

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  • role model / iconic figure (exp.)
  • agent / manager / producer (n.)
  • (guitar...) player / performer (n.)
  • lead singer (backing vocalist) (n.)
  • sound engineer (n.) /ɛndʒɪˈnɪə/

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  • civil rights movement (exp.)
  • hippy movement (n.)
  • racial conflicts /ˈrɛɪʃəl/ (n.)
  • segregation / slavery (n.)
  • riots /ˈraɪəts/ (n.)

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  • sold-out (adj.)
  • concert hall / venue /ˈvɛnˌjuː/ (n.)
  • encore /ˈɒŋˌkɔː/ / clap (n.)
  • gig / concert / live performance (n.)
  • lighting effects (n.)
  • rehearsal /rɪˈhɜːsəl/ (n.)
  • on stage (n.)
  • soundcheck (n.)
  • supporting artist / band (n.)

Popular Music in America

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  • amp(lifier) (n.)
  • drums / drum machine (n.)
  • guitar/ bass guitar /ˈbɛɪs/ (n.)
  • piano / keyboard (n.)
  • saxophone / trumpet (n.)
  • turntables / sampler (n.)

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  • inspiring (adj.)
  • entertain (v.)
  • fight against prejudice (v.)
  • influence (v.)

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  • copyright (n.)
  • cover (n.)
  • major / indie record labels /ˈlɛɪbəl/ (exp.)
  • promotion / touring (n.)

The King, the Queen and the Prince (Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston and Prince), by Daniel Janda, 2018.
The King, the Queen and the Prince (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Prince), by Daniel Janda, 2018.

Let's learn!

Memory Game

Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
Memorize as many words as possible. Then close your book and write every word you can remember.

Your final project


Take part in the debate about cultural appropriation in American music.
LET'S GO!

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.
Voir les réponses

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PAIR WORK
Discuss the brainstorming questions.

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Watch this video. Be ready to present it.
Workbook p. 36

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IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning, rephrase it in your own words and give examples.

Step 2


Be a karaoke singer.
Activity 3
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