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Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11: International Strange Music Festival

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What is “strange” music? Each person has his or her own tastes and what sounds wonderful some may seem strange to others. This is a great opportunity to teach youth about different kinds of music.

What Genre Is It?


  • Music player or radio
  • Various kinds of music


  1. Gather up a variety of music or simply tune in to various music radio stations.
  2. Ask kids to determine what musical genre different songs belong to (rock, rap, R&B, country, jazz, orchestra, etc.).
  3. When kids categorize the songs, ask them why they think that song belongs to that particular genre. What sounds or instruments do they hear? What voices? Are some genres easier than others to identify?
Source(s): 100 Music Activities for Kids (activity B3)

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