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53d. America Rocks and Rolls
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This generation of youth was much larger than any in recent memory, and the prosperity of the era gave them money to spend on records and phonographs. By the end of the decade, the phenomenon of rock and roll helped define the difference between youth and adulthood. Rock and roll sent shockwaves across America. A generation of young teenagers collectively rebelled against the music their parents loved. In general, the older generation loathed rock and roll. Appalled by the new styles of dance the movement evoked, churches proclaimed it Satan's music.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
US History
Date Added:
12/03/2014
Acoustic Mirrors
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Students play and record the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” song using musical instruments and analyze the intensity of the sound using free audio editing and recording software. Then they use hollow Styrofoam half-spheres as acoustic mirrors (devices that reflect and focus sound), determine the radius of curvature of the mirror and calculate its focal length. Students place a microphone at the acoustic mirror focal point, re-record their songs, and compare the sound intensity on plot spectrums generated from their recordings both with and without the acoustic mirrors. A worksheet and KWL chart are provided.

Subject:
Mathematics
Geometry
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Nick Breen
Steven C. Thedford
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Adapting a Musical
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This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Author:
Jayne Karsten
Date Added:
10/10/2010
Al-Bab (Portal)
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Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture by providing links to news sources, country profiles, articles, and a blog on Middle East current events. There are also specific links related to learning Arabic: dictionaries, language classes, textbooks, and other information pertaining to the study of Arabic. A free e-book, The Birth of Modern Yemen, is available for download.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
British-Yemeni Society
Date Added:
10/11/2013
Amazing Fibonacci
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Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Author:
Ann Reilly
Date Added:
10/10/2010
Andes Manta
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Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean Flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/15/2010
The Anthropology of Sound, Spring 2008
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This class examines the ways humans experience the realm of sound and how perceptions and technologies of sound emerge from cultural, economic, and historical worlds. In addition to learning about how environmental, linguistic, and musical sounds are construed cross-culturally, students learn about the rise of telephony, architectural acoustics, and sound recording, as well as about the globalized travel of these technologies. Questions of ownership, property, authorship, and copyright in the age of digital file sharing are also addressed. A major concern will be with how the sound/noise boundary has been imagined, created, and modeled across diverse sociocultural and scientific contexts. Auditory examples--sound art, environmental recordings, music--will be provided and invited throughout the term.

Subject:
World Cultures
Film and Music Production
Anthropology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Helmreich, Stefan
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film
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Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools toanalyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arabesque: Music of the Arab World
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A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music: the musical instruments of the Arab World; what makes Arab music unique; and the styles of music in the Arab World.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lecture
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/13/2010
Arabic 4 Us
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Arabic 4 us is a site dedicated to children's material. It features a number of lessons on basic words, numbers, and the alphabet. Additionally, the site features content on the Qur'an, brief prayers, and religious songs. There is a separate section for parents which allows them to print material categorized by each letter of the alphabet, which would provide words to their children to memorize.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Arabic Rescue
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Music Translation
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This blog offers translations of Arabic songs into English. Arabic transcriptions of the song lyrics are also provided, as are the transliterated lyrics. Where possible, the song has been added to the website as well so that users can listen to the song as well as read along. Users can request new songs to be translated, submit their own translations, and leave comments. Users can also search the site or click on a singer's name to be given a list of their songs that have been translated on the site.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
arabicmusictranslation
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!
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The Bedouins of ancient Arabia and Persia made poetry a conversational art form. Several poetic forms developed from the participatory nature of tribal poetry. Today in most Arabic cultures, you may still experience public storytelling and spontaneous poetry challenges in the streets. The art of turning a rhyme into sly verbal sparring is considered a mark of intelligence and a badge of honor. Students will learn about the origins and structure of Arabic Poetry.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
The Arabic Student
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This is a blog that links to videos, music, and other information about studying and learning Arabic. The blog provides comments on information provided. For instance, there is a link to an episode of The Simpsons in Arabic while providing sentences and translations of some of the more complicated phrasing.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
The Arabic Student
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic videos and songs
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This group of free videos uploaded to YouTube by Dar Al Syraj offers myriad opportunities for young children to learn the Arabic language. There are multiple videos on the alphabet and the letters, including writing, singing, and pronouncing the various letters, as well as videos on basic vocabulary such as animals and days of the week. Most of the 40 uploaded videos are no more than a couple of minutes in length. Some of the videos include transliterated words and lyrics along with the songs.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Dar Al Syraj
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Art/Space
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How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the way music and outer space connect.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/13/2010
The Art and Accessibility of Music (Advanced Level)
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Students will learn about the jazz singer Billie Holiday and the sociohistorical context in which she performed. They will learn how discriminatory statutes (called Jim Crow laws) affected daily life. They will also analyze how movement is created in photographs and the effect of a photographer's point of view on composition. Finally, students will photograph a musician, paying attention to what can be communicated through point of view.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/22/2013
The Art and Accessibility of Music (Intermediate Level)
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Students will discuss the form, function, and decoration of an ancient Greek wine cup. They will learn about the importance of music in the daily life of ancient Greeks. They will discuss a page from a late-medieval choir book and compare and contrast the role of music in antiquity, the Renaissance, and today. They will create cups for a social gathering inspired by ancient Greek symposia, and create and perform a song, poem, or story.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/22/2013
Artists on the Cutting Edge: In a World Full of Gray - The Music of Dale Williams
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Guitarist Dale Williams studied blues guitar with Willie Dixon and Phil Upchurch, but doesn't limit himself to the blues. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Sun Ra, George Lewis and LL Cool J. He teaches and lectures, in addition to performing. (24 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. San Diego
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/09/2005
Artists on the Cutting Edge: Straight From the Heart - The Music of Patrice Rushen and Karen Briggs
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Musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer Patrice Rushen has a vast array of recordings to her name, and in recent years has been musical director for the Emmy and NAACP Awards, and for Janet Jackson's 1994 world tour. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. San Diego
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/23/2005
Arts Integration in Elementary Curriculum
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This open textbook was created with the support of an ALG Textbook Transformation Grant. Topics include art integration, music integration, physical education / dance integration, and the theoretical foundations of arts integration in education

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
David Browm
Molly Zhou
Date Added:
09/29/2015
Audio Engineers: Sound Weavers
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In this lesson, students are introduced to audio engineers. They discover in what type of an environment audio engineers work and exactly what they do on a day-to-day basis. Students come to realize that audio engineers help produce their favorite music and movies.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Michael Bendewald
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Avila OER: Music
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On this webpage you will find OER Music textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos.
The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive. The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Film and Music Production
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Avila University
Author:
Larry J. Kramer
Date Added:
04/30/2019
Beat and Rhythm Explained
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Beat versus Rhythm This lesson shows the difference between beat, like a heart beat, and rhythms. This video also gives examples.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Chris Wright
Date Added:
02/04/2016
Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble
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Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble's extensive repertoire and virtuoso musicians demonstrate the range of distinctive styles that developed in each region for erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and other instruments.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
08/12/2010
Black Choral Music: Boys Choir of Tallahassee
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In the late 19th century, Harry Burleigh-a protege of Antonin Dvorak-took the musical style to new heights with choral arrangements informed by his classical training. Modern choral music takes on many different forms, and is often accompanied by the piano, percussion, and bass.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/13/2010
Blowing Breeze Audio
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A popular song by the Rahbani Brothers, renowned Lebanese composers, musicians, and playwrights. This music education tool can be used to appreciate Arab music and to learn Arabic lyrics, diction, rhythms, and instrumentals. Vocals by Rosan Khoury.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lecture
Simulation
Provider:
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Author:
http://albustanseeds.org/
Date Added:
08/07/2014
Blues Journey: Page to Stage
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Join playwright Jerome Hairson and director Scot Reese as they bring the story of Blues Journey from page to stage, developing the original book of blues lyrics into a fully realized play, rich with musical performances. Blues Journey follows the life of a blues performer as he learns to play, finds fame, and witnesses the blues evolve into rock-and-roll in this world premiere Kennedy Center original productionĺĘbased on the children's book by Walter Dean Myers.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/30/2010
Book 1, Birth of Rock. Chapter 1, Lesson 1: How To Study Rock and Roll
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In this lesson we explore one song Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," released on Chess Records in 1958 and suggest several analytical frameworks in which one can deepen one's understanding of the song: using a listening template; using a timeline to understand a song's historical context; understanding Rock and Roll as a visual culture; understanding Rock and Roll as performance; understanding Rock and Roll as a literary form; and understanding the industry and technology of Rock and Roll. Of course, what we do with "Johnny B. Goode" can be done with any song. The objective is to understand a recording in the most complete way possible.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
09/03/2019
Book 2, Teenage Rebellion. Chapter 4, Lesson 3: Car Culture in Postwar America
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Using a selection of songs, statistics, television spots, archival films, and magazine advertisements, students investigate how the postwar resurgence of the U.S. automotive industry coincided with the rise of the teenager, the two intersecting in Rock and Roll culture.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
09/03/2019
Book 2, Teenage Rebellion. Chapter 5, Lesson 3: Music and Political Movements
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In this lesson, students will explore the emergence of Sixties Soul music within the context of the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. Using Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' iconic "People Get Ready" as a starting point, students will examine the connection between musical and political voices, and the ways in which popular song helped express the values of the movement and served as a galvanizing force for those involved.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
09/03/2019
Book 3, Transformation. Chapter 6, Lesson 1: Artists Protest McCarthyism
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This lesson focuses on McCarthyism, the Red Scare, and how artists were targeted by HUAC during the Cold War. Students will view several government-produced "educational" films and television interviews from the 1950s, and will participate in a group reading of HUAC's interrogations of Seeger and Hays, discussing how activist artists championed the civil liberties of American citizens.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
09/03/2019
Book 3, Transformation. Chapter 6, Lesson 3: The Impact of 1960s Antiwar Music
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Prior to the antiwar demonstrations on and around college campuses, the Civil Rights movement in particular had increased student activism. As American involvement in Vietnam deepened, many in that age group faced the disconcerting reality of conscription. Even before they shipped out, those who were drafted had begun to see the horrors of the war, most notably on television. The growing presence of television in nearly every American household thus exacerbated divisions over the conflict and helped fuel the antiwar movement. What Americans watched on television each night shaped their perceptions of the Vietnam War, which came to be known as the "living room war." For some young Americans, called on to fight but unable to vote until the age of 21, the situation was unacceptable.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
09/03/2019