A Celebration of Black History through Music


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A Celebration of Black History through Music
From spirituals to hip-hop
By Blair Bielawski
Book and PowerPoint CD
40 pages

Introduce your students to the rich harmony of African-American music with A Celebration of Black History through Music . . . from spirituals to hip-hop.  Featuring some of the most important musicians of each style of music covered, this book highlights how the roots of African-American music can be traced from the slave songs of the 1700s through hip-hop music of the 1970s and 80s and demonstrates how this music has influenced and shaped the music of the world.

Words alone will not do justice to any of the music described in this book.  An enhanced CD containing audio examples of the featured music styles is included to allow your students to hear the music in the lessons.  In addition, a discography, reproducible worksheets, extension activities and a complete PowerPoint presentation are all included for use with your class.

For grades 4-6.


Chapter 1: Roots
     Spirituals: Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers
     The Blues: Robert Johnson, W.C. Handy
     Gospel Music: Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson

Songs on the CD (the first 5 songs have the melody and lyrics notated):  Hoe Emma Hoe, Sittin' Down Beside O' the Lamb, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Deep River, Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, St. Louis Blues, Blues Sequence, Sweet Home Chicago, Memphis Blues, Take My Hand Precious Lord, It's Alright, King of Kings

Chapter 2: Jazz 
Dixieland: Louis Armstrong  
     Big Band Swing: Duke Ellington
     Bebop: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie
     Jazz-Rock: Miles Davis

On the CD: Washington and Lee Swing, Potato Head Blues, Not In the Mood, In a Mellow Tone, Birds of a Feather, Scale Steps (Bird Solo), Bird's in Flight, City Streets, Vistas

Chapter 3: Rock and Roll, Soul and Hip-Hop
     Rock and Roll: Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry
     Soul: James Brown, Aretha Franklin
     Hip-hop: Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa

On the CD: Rock and Roll, Johnny Bee, You Don't Know, Scratchin', Young Man, Golden Child

Reproducible Activities
Listening Quizzes
PowerPoint Slides
Answer Keys


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