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Music as a way to inform students about history

Music is a crucial component of many of our youths’ lives.  It is a means of understanding the culture of today as well as a means of escape from the realities of our not so perfect world. It may be that such a statement might be disagreeable to many, but needless to say most would agree that if not completely true, it is partially true at best.  If the youth of today use music to comprehend the realities of today and identify themselves in some sort of cultural mold within a genre of music that fits within the perimeters of their world, it makes sense to teach music of the past to help them identify or make comparisons with the past.  By no means am I an expert at teaching history through music, more or less I just dabble in the tool as a way to promote understanding and increase knowledge of the past to our youth.  Music, or lyrics, can be just one more means to teach content.

The first time I was introduced to music as a criteria to teaching history was in kindergarten.  It is with great clarity that I can recall singing “America the Beautiful” amongst my peers every morning after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The song has stayed with me for nearly thirty-eight years, and yet kindergarten was the only class I would ever hear that song as a means to teach our history to students. It is a significant observation, and one that has left an impression.   I use music as a means to engage students along with other primary sources and images of our past.

There are numerous sources available through the Internet for almost any topic discussed in the American History class. It is a wonderful time to be a teacher as knowledge is at our fingertips.  For example, if you are creating a lesson plan about John Brown simply type in “John Brown Song (or lyrics)” and you will find an array of resources about the song and its history through the course of the years after John Brown’s death.

Some sources to check out:

www.mcgath.com/freesongs.html

www.contemplator.com/america

http://folkmusic.about.com/od/folksongs/American_Folk_Songs.htm

“Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration”

[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uZfRaWAtBVg"]

You can also find the video on schooltube.com, vimeo.com/12954087 and other sites

Another great video about the Declaration of Independence is the History Reimagined video (not really related to my blog, but definitely a video to show the kids if you teach about the Declaration of Independence):

[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xw_1I1oYApw"]

If you teach world history you should check our the “history teachers” series on youtube.  My wold history students love the videos and often tell me they can remember facts about the topic being studied more from the videos than other assignments related to the topic.  Even if you do not teach world history you may want to share the videos with your friends who do. Here is a link to one:

[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wXsZbkt0yqo"]

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4 comments on “Music as a way to inform students about history
  1. vannabbott says:

    I am in total agreement that music is such a crucial part of teaching history in my classroom. First, my own passion of music, even though I cannot carry a note in a bucket or play any known instrument known to man. I am in the process of developing a professional development presentation: Primary Voices – Poetry to Hip Hop. I am looking to development strategies of using these venues in the teaching of African American history.

    Also I want to add another resource Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYQhRCs9IHM

    • Jodi says:

      I saw the Bad Romances – Women’s Suffrage just last week. Love it! I do think music and videos are good ways to engage student interest. Music was a powerful force with both Abolitionists and Civil Rights activists.

  2. tmyers says:

    Thank you for all the great sources. I love that we can all share so much and get suggestions from fellow teachers. This is a great opportunity

  3. davemcintire says:

    Love the Sooma videos (Declaration and Bad Romance). I use their writing videos with my students as well. There is a making of video for bad romance that is really helpful in explaining things historically (Alice Paul, suffrage …) as well as why the director chose the images and characters they chose. http://soomopublishing.com/suffrage/#!makingof

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