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Jazz in America - Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

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6 to 12
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At first glance, the web site from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz would appear to offer only a high school curriculum. But click on the Jazz Resource Library and ...more
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At first glance, the web site from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz would appear to offer only a high school curriculum. But click on the Jazz Resource Library and you'll discover a rich collection of biographies, background information, musicology, and other jazz-related information. The content includes some really in-depth analysis of different jazz musical styles. Both music and social studies teachers will find plenty of material here.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), blues (21), harlem (9), jazz (15)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! The lesson plans are meant to be taught in American history classes, so search and see how this site can benefit your classroom. Make sure and save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Marching.com - Marching.com

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9 to 12
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Band directors and high school music teachers will find everything for the marching band at this site. The concentration is on band competitions, but there's also a resources site offering...more
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Band directors and high school music teachers will find everything for the marching band at this site. The concentration is on band competitions, but there's also a resources site offering products and services from uniforms to music arrangers and more. If your band competes, there's lots of up to date information here.

tag(s): competitions (16)

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Smithsonian Jazz - Smithonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of...more
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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of jazz. Students can learn about particular composers and performers, and how their work built on the experiences of other jazz musicians. You'll want a fast connection and the Flash player to use this one effectively.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), jazz (15)

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Use the audio on this site to supplement a lecture or class discussion about the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz era.
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The Music Lab - San Francisco Symphony

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4 to 12
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This music introduction from the San Francisco Symphony offers students a great introduction to music and music theory. Student can learn about notation, musical instruments, and how...more
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This music introduction from the San Francisco Symphony offers students a great introduction to music and music theory. Student can learn about notation, musical instruments, and how various elements of the orchestra all fit together. There are enough starting points to this site to make it approachable for even the most uninformed music student.

tag(s): music theory (42), musical instruments (48)

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Match the Musical Sounds

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1 to 2
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There aren't many good sites for non-readers. Here's a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results....more
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There aren't many good sites for non-readers. Here's a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results. You'll need to explain the directions to the child, but from there students can work independently. Teachers will find this one a nice music activity for Kindergarten or first graders. The sounds from this game will let parents know their child is using the computer safely.

tag(s): musical instruments (48)

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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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6 to 12
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's...more
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's life and life during the great depression. This one would be a great adjunct to a study of either folk music or the Depression.

tag(s): composers (21), great depression (24), songs (52)

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Use this site to shed some more light on the famous singer who created one of the great patriotic songs in American history. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing them to explore it on their own or in groups on classroom computers. If using a follow-along or graphic organizer, teachers could tailor this lesson to be a focus on the Great Depression and how it affected different types of people. If using a graphic organizer we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here)

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Pop Music Lessons - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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4 to 12
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Music draws powerful connections. This is a wonderful, wholly unlikely collection containing dozens of lesson plans that use music and popular songs as touchstones for exploring other...more
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Music draws powerful connections. This is a wonderful, wholly unlikely collection containing dozens of lesson plans that use music and popular songs as touchstones for exploring other events and disciplines. Created by teachers at workshops hosted by Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the topics range from the Reformation to literary themes, and much more. Many of these lessons require real research and serious thought. Teachers in all disciplines can find something here.

tag(s): lyrics (19), songs (52)

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Examine this site, and take advantage of the free lesson plans that are appropriate for your classroom! Students will be much more interested, and you will be surprised at how music virtually cross-bridges every subject.

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National Standards for Music Education

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1 to 12
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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education...more
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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education resources. Advocates for the importance of the arts in education will find help here.

tag(s): music theory (42)

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Music is Poetry - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson ...more
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): poetry (227)

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Conforms to Florida language arts standards. Technology options include using an interactive whiteboard.

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Stephen Collins Foster - University of Pittsburgh

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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American...more
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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American culture during this period. This site offers interesting research material, as well as more detailed content for the advanced student.

tag(s): biographies (86)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans with the Teacher Resource portion of this site. Great supplements for a unit on the Civil War, just make sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Living Pictures Representing the History of Black Dance - Yale University

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7 to 8
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African...more
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African period through the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, this unit emphasizes research as a tool for meaningful choreography. The culminating activity is a video production that chronicles a living history through movement.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), dance (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this web page. The focus is interdisciplinary, and although lengthy offers a lot of valuable information. Definitely take a look at this one!

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The Visual Blues of Jacobs Lawrence, Aaron Douglas and Romare Bearden - Yale University

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7 to 12
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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people." ...more
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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people."

tag(s): blues (21), harlem (9)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! This site would be great during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance.

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Visual Blues- On the Move: Visual Art Syntheses of the Blues Impulse - Yale University

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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art. ...more
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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art.

tag(s): blues (21)

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They Lived in Music - Blues Women Sing Their Song - Yale University

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7 to 12
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Use performance of a theatrical production to teach students about the history of the blues. ...more
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Use performance of a theatrical production to teach students about the history of the blues.

tag(s): blues (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities! This would be a great addition to a class learning about the Harlem Renaissance in a US history course.

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Sing Two Stanzas and Rebel in the Morning: The Role of Black Religious Music - Yale University

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4 to 8
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Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing...more
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Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing and singing their own piece of the blues.

tag(s): blues (21)

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How to Blues - Yale University

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Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing...more
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Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing and singing their own piece of the blues.

tag(s): blues (21)

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A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues - Yale University

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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present. ...more
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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present.

tag(s): blues (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities on this site! This would be an excellent resource for a US or World history classroom!

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It's a Girl Thang

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This privately developed site concentrates on legendary female blues singers and performers. There are dozens of profiles, each with information on the performer's career. This is a...more
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This privately developed site concentrates on legendary female blues singers and performers. There are dozens of profiles, each with information on the performer's career. This is a nice resource for students interested in researching a particular blues singer or performer.

tag(s): blues (21), women (101)

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Finding the Rhythm of Blues in Children's Poetry, Art, and Music - Yale University

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1 to 4
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Use activities that center around poetry, art, and music related to migration, slavery in the U.S., and African-American culture to help students learn about the blues aesthetic. ...more
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Use activities that center around poetry, art, and music related to migration, slavery in the U.S., and African-American culture to help students learn about the blues aesthetic.

tag(s): blues (21), migration (59), poetry (227), slavery (72)

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Creating Blues: An Interdisciplinary Study - Yale University

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Use the study and creation of blues lyrics, art, poetry, and fiction to immerse students in the blues philosophy. ...more
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Use the study and creation of blues lyrics, art, poetry, and fiction to immerse students in the blues philosophy.

tag(s): blues (21), poetry (227)

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