Objectives: Jazz music and musicians, such as Django Reinhart, have been a huge influence on Sam Miltich from an early age. The music he specifically plays is what he considers “blended music” – music that combines his cultural background, ancestral heritage and is mixed with American culture and personal interest. In this activity, think about what your own musical identity is – what music describes you, write down a brief journal entry, and share it with small groups.
Tools/Resources: MN Original video clip, pencil and paper.
1) Watch the segment and discuss:
a. What kind of music does Sam Militch play?
b. Why does he refer to the music he plays as “My music”?
a. What are some musical influences you have? Think of specific genres, artists, places in the world, cultures.
b. If you were to create a new music (i.e. “My music”) what would it sound like? What influences would there be?
a. Write down a brief journal entry about YOUR music based upon the brainstorming done previously.
a. In small groups, talk about your music – what it would sound like, influences, etc.
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