Inspired by the award-winning HBO series Sonic Highways, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s Sonic Highways Hometown Documentaries project offers teachers and students the opportunity to embark upon a large scale research project that explores the musical history of, and breathes life into the area many students find the most boring — their hometown.
With the support of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, groups research the musical history of their areas in libraries and archives, conduct interviews with parents, family members, local musicians, venue owners, historians, and fans. They’ll compile their research into a film, creating a portrait of their town’s musical history. A town they thought they knew before, but now seen quite differently.
The Sonic Highways Hometown Documentaries are a dynamic, hands-on way for students to explore local history through music, problem solve, work on creating long form narratives, and engage in basic filmmaking — it is a truly interdisciplinary learning experience. Completed films shine in students’ portfolios, demonstrating their ability to work in groups, organize and finish a major project, and apply scholarly concepts to real-world tasks, across disciplines.