Essential Question

How does understanding the structure and context of the song "Hound Dog" inform its performance?


Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that trains public school teachers to deliver Modern Band music classes.

The lesson that follows provides Little Kids Rock Modern Band charts for students to learn to play and interpret the song “Hound Dog.”

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Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

  1. Know (knowledge):
    • The structure of the song “Hound Dog,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952
  2. Be able to (skills):
    • Learn to play and interpret “Hound Dog” using Modern Band instruments


The following Little Kids Rock Modern Band charts are available to aid you and your students in learning the structure of “Hound Dog” on Modern Band instruments:

When your students have a grasp on the structure of the song, you can further explore its context using the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Lesson: “Hound Dog.”


National Core Arts Standards

National Core Arts Standards (Music):​

  • Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.

National Standards for Music Education

Core Music Standard: Performing

  • Analyze: Analyze the structure and context of varied musical works and their implications for performance.
  • Interpret: Develop personal interpretation that considers creators’ intent
  • Rehearse, Evaluate and Refine: Evaluate and refine personal and ensemble performances, individually or in collaboration with others.