Little Kids Rock Charts: “Twist and Shout”


Essential Question

How does understanding the structure and context of the song "Twist and Shout" 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 “Twist and Shout.”

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Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

  1. Know (knowledge):
    • The structure of the 1961 song “Twist and Shout,” written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns, and made popular by a 1963 Beatles’ recording
  2. Be able to (skills):
    • Learn to play and interpret “Twist and Shout” 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 “Twist and Shout” 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: “Twist and Shout.”


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.