lesson 8

Les Paul Musician, Inventor, Sound Pioneer: Influence on Today's Music

essential question

What people or trends offer some potential for innovation in music and technology for the future?

Standards Used for the Study Unit

  • Wisconsin Standards For Music Brochure PDF
  • I can explore and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music by reading, singing and/or playing an instrument. (MG2.P.6.i)

  • Utilize appropriate music terminology in the evaluation /reflection of music performances. ( MG3.R.7.i)

Classroom Lesson Activities / Resources


Student Workbook



Vocabulary from Quizlet

Multi-Track Recording Activity Materials

Multi-track Recording
Low Rider Score – Adaptation for Low Rider parts, Melody, 2, & 3, created by J. Palkowski.
Part 3 – Bass Drum
Part 2 – Maracas / Snare Drum
Melody – Xylophone
Class Part

Video and Music Clips

Cover Challenge: Low Rider by Charlie Worsham (3 minutes+)
Joe Satriani Remembers Les Paul –
Artison Radio (1 minute)
Paul McCartney Remembers Les Paul –
CNN 8/26/2010 (1 minute+)
Bonnie Raitt Shares about Les Paul
(50 seconds)
Slash Remembers Les Paul – CNN 8/26/14
(44 seconds)
TikiToki Les Paul: A Music Legend –


Les Paul – Musician, Inventor, and Sound Pioneer

Les Paul: The Search for the New Sound Activities Page

Les Paul: The Search for the New Sound from Wisconsin Biographies

Prezi Presentations

There are three Prezi presentations for use depending on the reading level of students. These are outlined below.