Overview

The lessons below offer a guitar-focused exploration of the history of Rock and Roll, and have been curated to allow guitar performance classes to meet prevailing state standards in English Language Arts and Social Studies. They may work equally well as part of a general music course, or as a way to reach out to that student in class who is passionate about guitar and seemingly little else. The collection begins with the invention of the electromagnetic pickup, the electrification of guitar, and the development of the electric guitar as a dominant symbol in Rock and Roll. The lessons also examine how different approaches to the guitar have defined genres like Surf Rock to Heavy Metal, and how innovators like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, and Jimi Hendrix created pathways to entirely new styles and genres.

Lessons

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The Impact of the Electric Guitar

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
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The Birth of the Electric Guitar

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, Social Studies/History, STEAM
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The Rise of the Electric Guitar

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
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The Musical Roots of the Surf Sound

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
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The Roots of Heavy Metal

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, General Music
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Bo Diddley: The Grandfather of Hip Hop?

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
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Chuck Berry

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
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The Indigenous Roots of Rock and Roll

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Jimi Hendrix: Introducing Hard Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music