Listen To Learn


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Listen to Learn
Using American Music to Teach Language Arts & Social Studies
By Teri Tibbett.
Book and CD
445 pages

This book offers a dynamic way to use the history of American music to engage students in grades 5-8 in reading, writing, social studies, geography, music, and multicultural lessons and activities. No musical knowledge is required to present the material, only a knowledge of the value of music.

The book traces the colorful musical traditions of diverse cultures including early Native American music, folk, blues, classical, jazz, country, Tejano, salsa, rock, and rap. Lessons follow a timeline from the earliest American music to the present - follow them sequentially, or pick and choose the lessons that will best meet your needs. The book encourages students to write about their favorite music, investigate songs as poetry, research the lives of famous musicians, explore family musical traditions, research how instruments make sounds, plot record charts, and more, including science activities, poetry and geography activities, and bonus challenges.

Designed in a handy, lay-flat format for easy reproduction of student handouts.

Each lesson has a complete lesson plan with an overview (including vocabulary, purpose, and preparation), materials needed, activity suggestions and directions, extension activities, student handouts, and a quiz.

The CD features authentic music from such American musical greats as Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, Mahalia Jackson, Lead Belly, Lydia Mendoza, and more (including the author). It offers samples from most genres mentioned in the book and includes listening cues in the student handouts.

For grades 5 to 8. 

How to Use This Book & CD Set   

Native American Music: Traditional Native American Singing, Traditional Native American Instruments, Native American Music Regions, Contemporary Native American Music.   

European-American Music: Colonial Music- Sacred & Secular, Folk Music, Patriotic Music, Early Popular Music, Early Classical Music, Instruments of the Orchestra.   

African-American Music: Music of the Slaves, Spirituals & Gospel Music, The Blues, Dance Music, Soul & Funk.   

New American Music: Modern Popular Music, Contemporary Classical Music, Jazz, Country Music, Latin American Music, Rock Music, Rap.   

Appendix- Extension Activities & Teacher Directions
CD Song List; Index   

CD contents:
Gayowajeenayho- Welcome Song, I Had No Ears, Dance Song of the Night Chant (Navajo), Haagu S'e, The Spider Song, She Watches Them Play, Amsterdam #84, The Old Man Who Lived in the Woods, Haul on the Bowline, Fendez le Bois, Old Joe Clarke, Jolie Blonde du Bayou, Wedding Dance, America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, Goober Peas, Grandfather's Clock, Escensas Campetres, Hambone, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Good Mornin' Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, When the Saints Go Marching In, Boogie-Woogie, Old Folks Quintet, La Cucaracha, Take 5, Turkey in the Straw, Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo Git Along Little Dogies, Rocky Top, Amor Bonito, Alla en el Rancho Grande, Witchi-Tai-To, Vision Quest.


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