Music: US History Through Sound and Meter

February 14th at Centerra Center
Open to teachers from all districts

Pre-Requisite: Essentials Exploration

How can music help your students learn history and reinforce literacy?  The Library of Congress’ growing collections of sound recordings offer opportunities to hone listening and analysis skills and connect musical expressions to historical contexts.  Join us to discover these resources, experience model classroom activities, and investigate oral and written variations of music and poetry, along with the era that produced these works. We’ll provide plenty of time for hands-on exploration.

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8:30 a.m.


Sign in; Introductions

Overview of today’s program / Overview of folder

In-class assignment

Strategies:  Analysis, Questioning


Activity: Promoting Inquiry


Strategies:  Analysis,  hypothesis testing, argument


Activity: Discovering the History in Sound and Meter

·         Group work

·         Listening and reading

Computer lab

10:45 – 10:55

10 minute break


Activity:  Walk through of music-related sites on the Library of Congress

Computer lab

11:30-12:00 Lunch

Credit information and day’s assignment


Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Text-dependent hypothesis testing

Activity: Music of the Reform Movements


Women's Suffrage:





Computer lab

1:15 – 1:25

10 minute break

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Text-dependent hypothesis testing

Activity: Community Values Reflected in Dance

Katherine Dunham on dance anthropology

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Computer lab

Take a break as needed

Individual Work:

·         Finding primary sources, getting help and feedback from facilitators

·         Online collection tool and activity template

Everyone complete the workshop assignment.

3:30 – 4:00

Wrap up

·         Submit assignments

·         Share ideas from Workshop Activity

·         Evaluation, Certificates


Music Resources:


Title and URL


The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America


National Jukebox


Piegan Indian, Mountain Chief, listening to recording with ethnologist Frances Densmore

Library of Congress Presentation

Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry

Activity Ideas for Song and Poetry

Article with the Hear, Think, Wonder worksheets

Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing

This list includes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as books about instruments and how they are made.

Music and Musicians


Music Division



Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design
Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet | American Variety and Musical Stage | The Legacy of Variety Theater | Transporting the Audience

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Performing Arts, Music  LIST 

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920

 A Riotous Rond de Jambe  Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev    Audio/Video

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry



Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII