New Harmonies: Educational Resources
The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song -- both sacred and secular. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people -- Americans. Their music is the roots of American music.
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Want to know more about the history of American roots music? Check out this complete listing of books and other materials for children. (Adults can learn something too)!
Get the scoop on all the ways you can teach American history with these specific lessons, extracted from the teacher's guide, and created especially for this Museum on Main Street exhibition.
Overview for Teacher's Guide (Grades 4-8)
- Getting to Know the Songs of American Roots Music (Grades 4-8)
- American Roots Music: The Big Picture (Grades 4-8)
- Lyrics in Motion & Action (Grades 4-8)
Worksheet 2: A Music Interview (Pre-Visit)
Worksheet 3: Sacred Songs (Visit)
Worksheet 4: Country (Visit)
Worksheet 5: Blues (Visit)
Worksheet 6: Dance (Visit)
Worksheet 7: My Favorite Artist (Visit)
Activity 1: Sing Your Song (Post-Visit)
Activity 2: Build an Instrument (Post-Visit)
Activity 3: Share Your Voice (Post-Visit)
Overview for Teacher's Guide (Grades 9-12)
Teacher's GuideCreated especially for the New Harmonies exhibition, the teacher's guide goes in depth to explore this little-known topic in American History.
Take this cool scavenger hunt with to the exhibition, or get ideas about turning objects and history into search and find adventures.