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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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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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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 (20), 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 (43)

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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 (87)

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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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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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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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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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The Blues Impulse in Drama: Lessons on Racial Pain - Yale University

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6 to 12
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Study the drama of racial tension, prejudice and pain in To Kill A Mockingbird, The Death of Bessie Smith and Blues for Mr. Charlie. ...more
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Study the drama of racial tension, prejudice and pain in To Kill A Mockingbird, The Death of Bessie Smith and Blues for Mr. Charlie.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), blues (21)

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The Blues Impulse - An Era and the Ambiguity of Adolescence - Yale University

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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues. ...more
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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues.

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

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and activities! This site would be an excellent resource during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance or during Black History Month!

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The Blue Highway

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Here's a comprehensive site offering history and examples of Blues motifs in music and culture. There are dozens of available resources and lots of examples to choose from. ...more
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Here's a comprehensive site offering history and examples of Blues motifs in music and culture. There are dozens of available resources and lots of examples to choose from.

tag(s): blues (21)

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Use the links on this site to access Blues Music that could be played in your classroom during a lesson the Harlem Renaissance. While it is not specifically Harlem Renaissance music, it would be an interesting contrast to show how music evolved from whats seen on this site to what it became during the 20's.

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Teaching Academic Skills Through the Exploration of Music - Yale University

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Build students' reading, writing, and comprehension skills while exposing them to music, film, and literature in this interdisciplinary approach to the film genre. The movies Jurassic...more
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Build students' reading, writing, and comprehension skills while exposing them to music, film, and literature in this interdisciplinary approach to the film genre. The movies Jurassic Park and Star Wars are used in this series of lessons that contain adaptations for students from kindergarten through high school. Modifications for special needs students are included.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan and classroom activities hosted on this site! The incorporation of music into these lessons would be great for ELL or lower-achieving readers, who may be able to access the content better through these methods. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.

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The Sousa Page - Dallas Wind Symphony

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A music history lesson from the Dallas Wind Symphony offers a history of the composer and his many many marches. If you're involved with instrumental music, don't miss this one. ...more
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A music history lesson from the Dallas Wind Symphony offers a history of the composer and his many many marches. If you're involved with instrumental music, don't miss this one.

tag(s): biographies (87)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of John Phillip Sousa. What is unique about the site is that it has audio of many of Sousa's compositions, which would be great to sample after a unit on his work. This would be extremely useful for history or music teachers.

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Mutopia

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Here's a site that offers printable musical scores for dozens of compositions - mostly classical - that are in the public domain. At present, the collection is small - including ...more
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Here's a site that offers printable musical scores for dozens of compositions - mostly classical - that are in the public domain. At present, the collection is small - including works of Beethoven, Bach, Satie, etc. But this is a new project that holds great promise for music lovers on a tight budget.

tag(s): composers (21)

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Multicultural Music - Wesleyan University

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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web. ...more
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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web.

tag(s): africa (180), music theory (43)

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Music or History teachers looking for music sources to supplement a lesson should look here first! Not only is there information to help teachers/students review - but there are resources that allow you to listen to the music being studied in each section. This could be useful in a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance, the 1920's, or even the Jazz age.

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Medieval and Renaissance Instruments

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This is an absolutely fantastic site designed to provide exposure to the incredible variety of musical instruments played during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Students and teachers...more
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This is an absolutely fantastic site designed to provide exposure to the incredible variety of musical instruments played during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Students and teachers can explore the unique appearance, structure, and sound of these instruments. Just click on an instrument's name to view it, read about it, and listen to a brief sound clip. Created by ensemble members of Musica Antiqua and Iowa State University, this site would nicely supplement an elementary or middle school unit on the Renaissance, serve as a resource for a music history lesson, or add greatly to a literary unit on Shakespeare's England that would include exposure to the music and instruments used in the Elizabethan theater.

tag(s): medieval (27), renaissance (34)

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Use this site as an activator or introduction on a unit about Shakespearean England. The information on the instruments offers more insight on the life and times being studied. Select some of the more interesting instruments and add their pictures and audio into your lecture to spice things up!

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Learn About Jazz - PBS

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The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in ...more
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The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in the site.

tag(s): jazz (15)

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This site would be a great addition to a US history class studying the Harlem Renaissance. The site could be used for the lesson plans OR as a learning center in your classroom. If using the site as a learning center, we recommend creating a graphic organizer to accompany it. For help creating a graphic organizer, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Jazz History Pages

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Here's a look at the history of Jazz in New York's Harlem, based on a remarkable photo of several dozen jazz greats. The site includes information on musicians, their music, ...more
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Here's a look at the history of Jazz in New York's Harlem, based on a remarkable photo of several dozen jazz greats. The site includes information on musicians, their music, their instruments, and how Jazz and Harlem came to be synonymous in the early twentieth century.

tag(s): jazz (15)

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The most usable portion of this site is actually the picture seen on the main page. Rarely are teachers going to need to go in on n in-depth exploration of Jazz, but the picture can be used in a visual discovery activity. Open the image on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and have students discuss what they observe, infer and predict about the image. There is a zoom tool that can provide greater detail. Guide the students towards why this image is significant, why someone would take it, how important Jazz was in this community, etc.

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Graphical Composer Time-line

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This site has a graphical time-line showing composers' lives. This is an Acrobat (PDF) file. ...more
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This site has a graphical time-line showing composers' lives. This is an Acrobat (PDF) file.

tag(s): composers (21)

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Use this site to look for resources that can be used in the classroom. The site has lists of recommended books for biographies, music theory, etc. There is also a catalog of recommended links that users can access music files from. This site would be great for any music teacher - although be sure to allow yourself some time to explore the links recommended before advising students to use it.
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