Music + video

Photo by veeterzy
Photo by veeterzy

What to watch for

After completing this lesson, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the current landscape of new media music and video
  • Outline the history of recorded music and video

Digital music and video are two central forms of media we engage with online—for most of us, hardly a day goes by that we don’t watch a video online or stream a song.

Let’s spend a bit of time learning about their histories and their presents through the work of previous NMIX 2010 students.

Required readings:

Fall 2015 NMIX 2010 Student Presentations, Music + Video

(1,732 words / 8-10 minutes)

Students in previous sections of NMIX 2010 put together these presentations. They provide an excellent history of the formats and great context for today’s digital media landscape. Spend time Googling / reading about any terms you’re unfamiliar with / curious about, and enjoy!

Non-required readings

The Evolution of Television: From Mass Audience to Niches” on YouTube

A very extensive, nicely detailed student project from Fordham University—a nice accompaniment to this lesson if you prefer an audio / video lesson.

Discussion Questions

  • When was the last time you purchased a CD?
  • How do you listen to music? (Radio, streaming service, purchased MP3s, etc.)
  • Did you ever own an iPod?
  • Have you ever shared a video on YouTube, etc.?
  • Have you ever broadcast using Periscope?
  • Have you ever used online video to learn how to do something?


Words on / reading time for this page: 210 words / 1-3 minutes

Words in / reading time for required readings: 1,732 words / 8-10 minutes

Total words in / reading time for this lesson: 1,942 words / 9-13 minutes