lesson:

The Birth of the Microphone

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

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

lesson:

Italian-American Vocalists Before Rock and Roll

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Gallery Walk, Musical Analysis, Station Activities, Visual Analysis

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

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

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:

A Veteran’s Soundtrack to the Vietnam War

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share, Visual Analysis

How did popular music amplify the voices and experiences of Americans serving in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War?

lesson:

Dion and the Teen Idols

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Visual Analysis

What role did the so-called "teen idols" of the late 1950s play in bringing Rock and Roll into mainstream American culture?

lesson:

Beatlemania

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Four Corners, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What were the factors that contributed to the rise of Beatlemania?