The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Rock and Roll Band! Meet the Instruments

Suggested Grade Level: K-4 

In this exciting, interactive class, elementary school students examine the instrumentation of a rock band, discovering the low notes of the bass guitar, the pounding rhythms of the drums and percussion, the melodies and harmonies of guitars, keyboards, and more.  Students have fun learning about the characteristics of the instruments and their sounds - and even perform along with the band!  By investigating how musicians arrange the various instruments of a band, students discover how the different parts of classic rock and roll songs are created.  This class includes historic video performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, as well as live performances and demonstrations by the Rock Hall education ensemble.  At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum kids really do get a chance to ROCK!  

Related Standards:  English-Language Arts, Science, Fine Arts-Music, Technology

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

Director of Curatorial Affairs Howard Kramer talks about folk singer Pete Seeger's acoustic guitar

See below for more video resources.

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Selected Song List

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Class Resources

Students meet members of the keyboard, guitar, and percussion families.

Registering for this Class

Complete this form online using the link below, or download and complete the appropriate registration form (listed below) and fax it back to 216.515.1995. A group sales representative will contact you to confirm a date. If a representative does not contact you within 5 business days, please call the Group Sales Department at 216.515.1228.

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I have two students that are very hard to engage- they have Autism, are developmentally delayed, and non-verbal. During our visit and program, one began to dance and the other to snap her fingers. Neither had done these behaviors before.
- Sue Klein, Orchard G Halle
I always feel this is one of our best field trips in terms of being at the kindergarten level. I also like the way the program is tweaked from year to year to make it better. I especially like that all children participate now. The instructors are very much on level and do an outstanding job of presenting this program. I hope this program continues in the future as the children really are engaged, learn and enjoy the program.
- Karen Donelan, Riverside Elementary School (Cleveland, Ohio)
I would just like to compliment you on the [Meet the Instruments] program. I could tell your department put a lot of thought into gearing this program towards younger students. A job well done!
- Anonymous Teacher
Our students with special needs have difficulty sitting for a long program and understanding [some] presentations, but your program was interactive, educational, fun, and our children were thoroughly engaged!”
- David Weiss, Occupational Therapist, Harbor Center, Special Education