lesson:

Italian-American Vocalists Before Rock and Roll

How did the careers of Italian American vocalists in the first half of the 20th century reflect the experiences of Italian American immigrants and attitudes toward them in the wider American culture?

lesson:

World War II and the Shrinking of the Ensemble

How did wartime restrictions and other factors cause popular music ensembles to shrink in size during the 1940s, helping to set the stage for the small “combos” of Rock and Roll?

lesson:

The Evolution of Sound Recording

How did multitrack recording technologies enable musicians to create a form of music that could only be realized in the studio?

lesson:

The Birth of the Microphone

How did the development of microphones in the 20th century change the way people make and listen to music?

lesson:

The History of Music Videos

How has the relation between sound and image shifted through the history of recorded music, and how did the rise of MTV bring that relationship to a culmination of sorts?

lesson:

The Impact of the Electric Guitar

How did the electrification, amplification and design of the guitar facilitate its emergence as a dominant instrument of popular music?

lesson:

Debating Cultural Appropriation

What is cultural appropriation, how does it affect Native American communities, and should it be regulated by law?

lesson:

Music and Community in New Orleans

How is music embedded into the cultural fabric of New Orleans, and how might it help reinforce a sense of community in the city?

lesson:

100 Years of Dance

Why might people dance, and how have dance trends changed in America since the 1920s?