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Students will learn by direct instruction while viewing a PowerPoint presentation with text, pictures and embedded videos. Topics covered include 20th century popular music styles, rock and roll "prehistory" samples of artists and their works, 1950's instruments and technology, and rock covers. Students will have opportunity to share their experiences and interact with each other along the way. A few surprises are thrown in for good measure.
I grew up listening to and playing rock and roll in the 1950's and 1960's so I remember this period well. Throughout the years I have played in various cover bands, jazz ensembles, musical theater, and more. I really want to share my experience with a new generation of musical artists and aficionados.
None. Resource links for further exploration are provided at the end of the presentation, but these are optional.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The topic of race relations in the United States will be handled in the context of where the roots of rock and roll came from. Brief mention of racial divisions, discrimination and "Jim Crow" laws may occur. Rock and roll will be portrayed as a positive influence that helped prepare the country culturally for the civil rights movement in the 1960's.