Why Bach's Orchestral Suite in D Major is so influential for POP music!

Jonny Southard

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This video will inspire high school children to appreciate and understand classical music in more depth by relating it to familiar pop songs that they know and love. 

The videos will trigger an insightful and analytical listening approach to popular songs, helping children to consider the history of music and the meanings behind certain styles of composition, even when they are 'casually' listening to their favourite songs, at the weekend for example. They will also help children to grasp the appeal of classical music, and the significant impact it had on later styles.

This particular video outlines the compositional process behind one of Bach's most famous pieces, and how these structural techniques may have inspired modern pop artists like Michael Buble. I talk about melodic structures, downbeats/upbeats, syncopation and melodic contours.

The children could perhaps use similar ideas in their own songwriting, or make references to their knowledge acquired from the video in written work. Or if this particular video does not relate to current schemes of work, the video could make for a fun, engaging and inspiring conclusion to a lesson.

Lesson tags: 
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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