Lesson 3 - Reggae
Reggae is a style of music that was developed in the 1960’s from Jamaica.
Materials - Internet access
I. Use any resource available and respond, (in full sentences) to at least two of the
A. What two styles of music did reggae come from?
B. Name at least 3 pioneers of the reggae style.
C. In what decade was reggae developed?
D. What are some important musical elements found in reggae?
E. Name the common instruments found in a reggae band?
II. Create a youtube playlist of some well known reggae artists.
I. Choose one song from the list to work with:
A. ‘Stir it up’ - Bob Marley - http://youtu.be/eZ3eA5gxiLs
B. ‘Jamaica Nice’ - Yellowman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i11zpqkmupg
C. ‘Blackheart Man’ - Bunny Wailer - http://youtu.be/zjtYKPC58tg
II. Listen to the song as a group and gather information for a report on the song. Your
report must include the following information, you may add more information to your
report if you like, but this is what is required:
A. The tempo
B. The drum-set rhythm, (be able to count it as a group).
C. The rhythm of the guitar.
D. The overall form of the music.
E. The lyrics
F. Name of the artist, song, and all the instruments in the band.
A. Presentations will be done as a group, participation from all group members is
B. Presentation must not be longer than 10 minutes, or shorter than 3.
C. A group discussion will follow all presentations.
I. Choose a reggae song and perform it live for the class. This can be done as an
individual or group.
II. Transcribe a reggae song on noteflight.com and share it with the class.
III. Go see a live reggae band/artist and report on the show.