Rhythm and Blues Music Teacher Resources
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African American Achievers
Students complete research projects. Students research the achievements of various African Americans and their contributions to the world. They use various resource links on the Internet to become more knowledgeable about the topic.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Jay-Z: Famous People, ELL Assignment
This lengthy assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a 1-page reading on the rapper, Jay-Z, and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more.
7th - Higher Ed Language Arts 23 Views 516 Downloads
America Gets Jazzed
Students browse current issues of Target newspaper and their local newspaper and look for articles or advertisements featuring jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, gospel, or ragtime musicians. They discuss the African American roots in these types of music.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Language Arts, African Americans, Oral Tradition and the Blues
When slavery took Africans from their land, they were separated from the rich musical and oral traditions native to each country and region. While working as slaves, Africans found they had two places where they could use these musical traditions freely:
Pre-K - 6th Language Arts 11 Views 23 Downloads
Music in West Africa
Students explore power and the symbols of power in West African music. They discuss the music of West Africa and compare it to African American music of today. In addition, they investigate musical instruments of Africa, identify the characteristics of drumming and mud cloth, and study the art of narrative story-telling.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 51 Downloads
The Blues: The Father of Rock And Roll
Middle schoolers examine influence The Blues had on Rock and Roll and the concomitant social, political, and economic factors and movements during the post-World War II period. Students then research and create multimedia reports on teacher-approved bands, including timelines of bands' careers.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 78 Downloads
Improvising Music Through India, USA, and European Traditions
Middle schoolers discover an Indian influence on Blues music. For this music lesson, students explore improvisation and compare the traditions of different cultures and styles. Middle schoolers develop the blues scale, cyclical music, and compose short variations.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire
High schoolers investigate the dramatic elements of a Streetcar Named Desire. In this drama lesson, students explore the theme of the Tennessee Williams play as they read the play and watch performances of some of the acts. High schoolers then write formal analyses of the play.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 27 Downloads
Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, Moanin,' Payin' Your Dues
Students examine the musical styles of call and response and the blues while delving into the difficult lives of many jazz musicians. Travelling in the South was challenging for black musicians during this time and the difficulties are explored in this l
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Guitar - 12 Bar Blues
Young scholars explore the chord chart for 12-bar blues in C and then play the scales on the guitar. They play their scales at a moderate tempo and practice related arpeggios. After listening to "Band in the Box" music tracks, students identify the chord changes and duration of each chord.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
The Blues . Music Education
What ultimately influences a musician's creations? Is it the time in which he/she lives, his/her personal experiences, the music of the time and previous times, or the image the artist hopes to convey? This instructional activity explores these questions by looking at th
Pre-K - 6th Language Arts 4 Views 11 Downloads
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
"People Everyday" offers class members an opportunity to develop their literacy analysis skills and to develop media literacy. Guided by an included list of discussion questions, groups examaine the word choice, literary devices used, and consider the themes developed.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
From Aaliyah to Jay-Z: Captured Moments in Hip-hop History
To take "the definitive portrait of that person in that moment" is the quest of photographer and hip-hop historian Jonathan Mannion. In this short video, Mannion details his dedication to his art and the process he goes through to catch the defining moments of an artist's performance, career, life.
6 mins 4th - 8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 4 Downloads
Save the Music Concerts: Parts 1 & 2
Music aficionados classify pop music into by musical genres or styles. They evaluate the positive and negatives of collaborative performances, view segments of VH1's "Save the Music" concert, and discuss the difficulties of categorizing modern music.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 112 Downloads
Explore the inception and evolution of hip-hop music as a springboard for writing music reviews and researching other genres of music. Learners will read and discuss the Times' article, From Underground Music to Fashion Statement to then write a persuasive review on their favorite music or artist.
6th - 12th Language Arts 147 Views 600 Downloads
Chords and Improvisation
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
10th Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads