ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Music: A Vehicle for Wartime Protest
Description: Students will examine the significance of music as a medium for wartime protest. They will demonstrate their skills at interpreting primary source material to identify the artist's objections to war and investigate the historical context in which protest songs were written. Finally, students will choose their own wartime protest song to analyze and present to the class.
Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Brief History of Jazz!
Description: This lesson will give a brief timeline and background on the musical genre of jazz music. The students will learn where jazz music found it's roots, and also learn some of the more influential performers of this genre of music.
Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Roaring Twenties
Description: This activity involves comparing turn of the century music with the music from the Jazz Age. Students will listen to musical selections and analyze how the change in the music reflects the change in cultural attitudes. They will also work in groups to create their own radio shows.
Open Music Archive
A helpful website for students and
teachers to upload or download out-of-copyright sound recordings. This can be very useful for students and teachers to find rare recordings of musical pieces.