Women Who Rock: Songwriting and Point of View

Suggested Grade Level: 7-12

A successful songwriter must learn to master musical composition and creative writing.  Lyrics often reflect the times while simultaneously employing the use of rhyme scheme, metaphors, and other poetic devices to work in tandem with musical arrangements. In this class, students will explore different song writing techniques by female musicians from the 1960s until now, understanding distinct musical styles and points of view in cultural and historical terms. Students will analyze lyrics by the Crystals, Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith and Nicki Minaj, interpreting meaning and contextualizing perspectives while also dissecting song structure.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partnered with PBS to interview women who rock about their approaches to their craft. Below are links to videos that feature different artists talking about songwriting and rock and roll.

Ann and Nancy Wilson
Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Weil
Bonnie Raitt
Darlene Love

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

Inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart discuss being inducted into the Rock Hall and how the roots of their work.

See below for additional video resources related to this class.

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Students will learn about the contributions women have made through songwriting during different eras of music.

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