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Learning Exercise: John cage and Experimental Music

John cage and Experimental Music
This lesson provides a survey of experimental music and its origins. It looks at some of the key contributors to the rise of this genre and the style of compostion they used.
Course: Music History


Submitted by:
Joseph Irizarry
Date Last Modified:
February 29, 2012


Students in an independent setting will read through the assigned article. The article covers history, concepts, theories, and composition styles of the era. Once students have finished reading the article, they will be instructed to watch the two examples from YouTube. These examples highlight the compositions of two of the composers mentioned in the reading. Students will then make an educated comment on each clip with the hashtag “#exmusic” to distinguish their writing. This comment will be submitted to the instructor.
Additional Information:



  • College General Ed


experimental music, music, music history, art, john cage


Knowledge of music history and composition.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion students will be able to gain an understanding of the era of experimental music. Students will be familiar with origins, composers, and composition styles of the time.

Type of Task

  • Individual


When students have an understanding of the material, they will be instructed to create a example of experimental music, and submit to the instructor.

Technical Notes

Will use reading material in addition to viewing samples of musical styles from YouTube. Will need to review student submitted samples of experimental music.
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