The History of Music

 From prehistoric to modern times, music has been a huge part of human culture and enjoyment. It is perhaps one of the oldest forms of entertainment and something that almost all humans love dearly. How much do you know of the road music has taken to get here today?
What is the oldest musical instruments we know about?
A 40,000 year old flute from the site of Geißenklösterle made from bird bones is the oldest musical instrument we know about.
True or False: Music has been found to be a universal human trait shared by all cultures
Which of these is NOT one of the six musical periods in history?
The one we're missing here is the Baroque period (1600-1750)
Modern (Post WWI)
Choose the correct chronological order of the six periods of music.
The order and years are: Medieval (or Gothic) Period (approx. 800-1400) Renaissance Period (approx. 1400-1600) Baroque Period (approx. 1600-1750) Classical Period (approx. 1750-1820) Romantic Period (approx. 1820-1910) Modern Period (approx. 1910-present)
Medieval, Renaissance, Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Modern
Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern
Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern
Baroque, Medieval, Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, Modern
In which decade was Punk music first created?
What American city is credited as being the birth place of Jazz music?
New York City, New York
San Francisco, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
Atlanta, Georgia
True or False: The first recordings of blues music were mostly made by women.
The first blues recordings were made in the 1920s by Black women such as Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, and Bessie Smith.
When did rap music start up as a music genre?
Rap as a genre began at block parties in New York City in the early 1970s, when DJs began isolating the percussion breaks of funk, soul, and disco songs and extending them. MCs tasked with introducing the DJs and keeping the crowd energized would talk between songs, joking and generally interacting with the audience.
What city has been officially recognized as the birthplace of Country Music?
Bristol, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Charleston, South Carolina
Louisville, Kentucky
Which of these classic British rock bands formed first?
The Kinks formed in 1965, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in 1968, and the Clash in 1976.
The Clash
Led Zeppelin
The Kinks
Black Sabbath
Complete the sentence: The first electric guitar was invented in _________ but became a huge part of popular music during the ________.
1932, 1950s
1947, 1970s
1895, 1960s
1963, 1990s
Which of these famous classical composers died at an early age?
Mozart was only 35 when he died. Imagine how much music the world missed out on.
What Is the most popular instrument played today?
You may be surprised, but it's the piano!
Who is/are the best selling music artist or artists of all time?
The Beatles are number 1, followed by Garth Brooks and then Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson is number 7.
The Beatles
Garth Brooks
Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
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