Overview

The path begins in the early 1900s, with lessons on the rapid development of technology, and the Great Migration. It then moves into the development of Rock and Roll in the 1950s, taking as a focus the birth of the “teenager,” post-war immigration, McCarthyism, segregation and “white flight” into the suburbs. Lessons based in the 1960s discuss music’s relationship to a variety of social movements: Civil Rights, feminism, and anti-war counterculture. Such issues continue to be explored in the two lessons on the 1970s, which examine female singer-songwriters, and the rise of the black pride movement. The final three lessons take as a focus America in the 1980s and early 1990s, looking at the phenomenon of the inner city as it relates to Hip Hop, censorship, and gender fluidity in Glam Rock and Heavy Metal.    

Lessons

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The Blues and the Great Migration

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History, STEAM
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The Birth of the Microphone

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, STEAM
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Birth of the American Teenager

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Latin Music in Postwar New York City

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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The Sound of the Suburbs

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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The Beat as an Object of Celebration and Concern in Segregation-Era America

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
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The Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Soul Music and the New Femininity

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
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Multitracking in the Countercultural 1960s

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, STEAM
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The Rise of Black Pride

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
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Female Singer-Songwriters in the Early 1970s

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Sampling: The Foundation of Hip Hop

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music
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Mainstream Metal, Parental Advisories, and Censorship

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
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MTV and the Disruption of Gender Norms

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