Great Moments in Rock and Roll: Popular Music Through Decades

Suggested Grade Level: 4-8 / 9-12

Take a journey through the second half of the twentieth century by exploring some of the great moments in rock and roll history. Students will actively participate in discussions about shifting cultural values, conceptions of equality, and political activism. Students in grades 4-8 will enjoy historical moments such as Elvis Presley’s first national television appearance in 1956, the Beatles first American performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and the birth of MTV in 1981. Students in grades 9-12 enjoy Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock music and arts festival, a Blondie performance at the legendary Studio 54 in New York City, and the fusion of rock and hip-hop in the 1986 video “Walk This Way.” This class is offered in English or Spanish.

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

Rock Hall Inductee and drummer of the Ramones Marky Ramone sits down to talk about the beginnings of the band in New York City and the early days of punk music.

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Students will enjoy classic performances from our rock and roll jukebox!

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      By showing the relationship between the music of the decade and the events that were affecting everyday life, the students were given a history lesson without feeling like it. :) History isn't always fun for kids this age, so this is a great way to incorporate and still focus on the music.
      - Jane Kitson, Kings River Hardwick
      Students loved participating with the Rock Hall educator and felt their opinions were valued. Everyone involved - teachers, students, and other staff who observed the conference - agreed on one thing…that was one of the coolest things they had ever seen.
      - A middle school gifted and talented teacher in Rockledge, FL
      The presenter of this program was knowledgeable and able to answer all the students' questions. The relation between the history of these decades and the music that was presented made this a cross-curricular experience that our students will remember.
      - An elementary school music teacher in Greeneville, TN