Middle School Lesson 38: Genres

In this lesson you will

  • listen and respond to musical examples in a wide variety of styles and genres
  • discuss personal preferences for music and their reasons for preferences
  • categorize musical examples by genre or style


  • I can listen and respond to musical examples.
  • I can give reasons for personal preferences in music.
  • I can categorize a variety of examples by genre and style.

Teaching Procedure

1 Genre Listening Activity

Read the instructions together.
15 examples will follow.

These are Safeshare links.
If the Safeshare links don't work, search internet and choose alternate selections from YouTube.
Play the example and give students time to fill in their rating and a brief note as to why they gave it that rating. If they think they know the selection, artist or genre, write it in. If not, leave it blank. Do as many examples as you have time for but remember to leave time to go back and fill in the blanks. Have fun!

2 Example 1

Example 1: "Brave" by Sara Bareilles (Live from Atlanta)

3 Example 2

Example 2: "Barracuda" by Heart

4 Example 3

Example 3: "Take the A Train" by Duke Ellington

5 Example 4

Example 4: "The Wellerman" - From TikTok to Epic Remix

6 Example 5

Example 5: Line Riders - Beethoven's 5th

7 Example 6

Example 6: Drops of Green's "Rattlin' Bog"

Note to teachers: This example was edited on June 14th.
It's the same genre as in the teacher's guide, but it is a different example.

8 Example 7

Example 7: "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus (official music video)

9 Example 8

Example 8: "Superstition" Stevie Wonder - Live in London 2008

10 Example 9

Example 9: "The Fresh Prince of Belair" theme song

11 Example 10

Example 10: Powder Blues' "Hear That Guitar Ring" - 1991 pt 2

12 Example 11

Example 11: "Bonito y sabroso", Benny More

13 Example 12

Example 12: Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" (Live)

14 Example 13

Example 13: "Take on Me" sung by a-ha (official video remastered in 4K)

15 Example 14

Example 14: "Stayin' Alive", the Bee Gees (official music video)

16 Example 15

Example 15: "Satisfied" song clip from "Hamilton"