lesson:

The Blues and the Great Migration

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Document-Based Questions, Maps, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the Great Migration spread Southern culture, helping to give the Blues a central place in American popular music?

lesson:

Dan Penn

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How did black artists and white songwriters and musicians interact in the Soul era, and what contributed to that interaction?

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:

The Evolution of Sound Recording

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

How did multitrack recording technologies enable musicians to create a form of music that could only be realized in the studio?

lesson:

Sampling: The Foundation of Hip Hop

Grades: High
Subjects: CTE, General Music
Activities: Maps, Musical Analysis, Visual Analysis

How is the re-use and re-purposing of existing music at the heart of the Hip Hop recording experience?

lesson:

Debating Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA
Activities: Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis

What are the arguments for and against Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature?

lesson:

The Gospel Origins of “Chain of Fools”

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Maps, Musical Analysis

Essential Question: How did Aretha Franklin’s foundation in Gospel music influence her recording of “Chain of Fools,” helping to establish a Soul sound and bringing black culture into mainstream America?