My sweet friend posts the cutest things on social media (in contrast to my doom-and-gloom handwringing posts). This is such a great idea of how to explain genre to students–yes, the lyrics are a little spicey but rest assured I always get parent permission for my 8th-grade students.
This would be such a
fun engaging activity: give student groups songs and randomize styles of music. Play examples of different musical genres and have students identify key characteristics.
I’m curious as to what some of your favorite genres might be, too: