Jazz's Influence on Popular American Music

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RaeNosa Hudnell
CAS 200
Prof Groenendyk
Informative Speech Outline: Jazz’s Influence on Popular Music Today Purpose: To inform my audience about Jazz’s influence on today’s popular music Thesis: The basic jazz elements of instrumentation, syncopation, and improvisation have influenced today’s popular music. Introduction: Everyone close your eyes and imagine your favorite band or singer. Get your favorite song in your mind and sing it in your head. If you knew what elements to listen for, it wouldn’t take you more than 10 seconds to recognize some element of jazz in that music. Jazz was once the popular music of the day. Although it is not the music that is at the center of today’s youth, its influence and elements can be found in all types of popular American music. A genre that was once considered a destructive force is now deemed to be America’s Classical Music. Some of jazz music’s basic elements include instrumentation, syncopation, and improvisation. Instrumentation in jazz music is a list of instruments used for composition or the many instruments used during a piece. Syncopation is done by using rests, tying notes together or adding accent marks to parts of music that would not normally be accented. Improvisation is a spontaneous musical melody done by the musician. These basic jazz elements have been used in today’s popular music from the groups U2 to pop diva Beyoncé. American Rock musician Lou Reed once said, “If it has more than three chords, it’s jazz.” Without dispute many agree that the basic jazz elements of instrumentation, syncopation, and improvisation have influenced today’s popular music. I. Instrumentation, a basic jazz element has influenced popular American music. a. Earlier I explained that instrumentation is just a wide variety of instruments used for composition. 1. Today in a basic pop love song you could easily hear 5 to 10 different instruments for just one song. 2. These instruments could include a piano,...
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