Grade 3-6


Grease, from Grease – 1978

Dancing Queen, Abba – 1986

Stayin’ Alive, The Bee Gees – 1977

Casablanca Trailer – 1942

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Trailer – 1961

This term Grades 3-6 will be exploring digital music. We will be learning all about DJ terminology and how to create digital music using the apps on our iPads. We will be lucky enough to have a DJ parent run a workshop on digital music for the class.

DJ Jargon

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This term we are looking at digital music. Digital music uses a whole different category of musical terms that we have never heard of before. Explore the link below and create a poster explaining the most common DJ terminology.

The History of Music Production

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Vinyl Records – Cassette Tapes – Compact Discs (CD) – MP3

Vinyl Records 1950s – 1980s

What are they? Vinyl Records rose to prominence in the 1950s. A vinyl record is made from a polyvinyl plastic disk with a single spiralling groove on both sides. A needle runs through the groove from the outside of the record to the centre producing an analog (non-digital) sound.

The first pop record released on vinyl record was on June 28th 1948, it was a rerelease of The Voice of Frank Sinatra which was originally released in 1946.

Compact Cassette Mid 1970s – Late 1990s

The technological advances that were taking place lead to the decline of the vinyl and the introduction of the cassette tape. The Cassette tape revolutionised the music industry because music became portable. Popularity was directly linked to the production of the portable Sony Walkman in 1979.

Compact Disc (CD) Mid 1980s – Early 2000s

When the CD became the standard product that people listened to music from the vinyl was considered no longer functional.

The first CD to ever go on sale was Billy Joel’s 52nd street.


With the rise of the internet the MP3 became the standard, fewer and fewer people bought physical copies of music opting to buy it over the internet or download it. The first MP3 player was produced in 1983.


Who invented the vinyl record?

How would you rewind a cassette tape?

What was the first CD ever made in the United States?

What is the most common device that people listen to MP3s on today?

What is Napster? Why was it important to the MP3 music revolution?

What is the most downloaded album on iTunes?


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