Middle School Lesson 30: Electronic Music 2

In this lesson you will

  • learn the history of the Moog synthesizer
  • watch Bob Moog demonstrate how the synthesizer works
  • listen to “Popcorn”, an early hit created on the synthesizer
  • read a biography of Bob Moog and how he developed the Moog synthesizer

Objectives

  • I can describe music created on the Moog synthesizer.
  • I can explain why this was a significant development in popular music.

Teaching Procedure

1 View the Ford Innovation Museum's History of the Moog Synthesizer

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Ford Innovation Museum's History of the Moog Synthesizer".

2 Bob Moog demonstrates the mini-moog

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Bob Moog demonstrates the mini-moog".

3 Hot Butter plays "Popcorn"

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Hot Butter plays Popcorn".

In 1971, the track was rerecorded by Gershon Kingsley’s band First Moog Quartet. He later released a version under the name of "The Popcorn Makers" and this was the version that hit most successfully on the charts.

In 1972, Stan Free, a fellow member of the First Moog Quartet, rerecorded “Popcorn” with his band Hot Butter, from the album Hot Butter. This version of “Popcorn” became the second primarily electronic-based piece of music to reach the American popular music charts.

4 View the Google Arts presentation on Bob Moog and the Moog Synthesizer

Download the questions and the answer key from Supporting Resources.

Copy the questions for the students.

In-person learning: Copy pages 1 and 2 of the worksheet for each student. As you go through the presentation, read the slide, listen to the examples and watch the videos. There are 1 to 3 questions on each slide. Have students answer the questions before moving on to the next slide.

Virtual learning: Read the slides in the presentation, and either have students write short answers on a piece of ruled paper, or simply discuss the answers.