The TeachRock Women’s History Month Collection celebrates the women who helped shape American culture through their contributions as performers and producers of popular music. The ten lesson plans feature rich multimedia resources from TeachRock’s forty core lessons and the PBS Soundbreaking series. Students will engage the work of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Big Mama Thornton, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, Annie Lennox, and Madonna to explore the influence of women in popular music from famous “firsts” to current issues. All free of charge at Teachrock.org.
Were the Girl Groups of the early 1960s voices of female empowerment or reflections of traditional female roles?
How did Aretha Franklin represent a new female voice in 1960s popular music?
How did popular music reflect the values of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and help the movement convey its message?
How did the singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 70s address the concerns of the environmental movement?
What did the success of the female Singer-Songwriters of the early 1970s reveal about the changing roles of women in the United States?
What does a music producer do and in what ways does one hear the sound of a producer’s work in recordings?
How have singers responded as advances in studio recording techniques have enabled increased technological “perfection”?
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?
How did MTV help create a visual space in which artists could, inadvertently or not, challenge established ideas about gender?
How does the story of “Hound Dog” demonstrate music culture’s racial mixing as it differed from mainstream American life in the 1950s?