The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Women Who Rock: Songwriting and Point of View

Suggested grade level: 7-12

Songwriting is a powerful form of expression that allows musicians to convey personal feelings, describe the feelings of others and even draw attention to political and social issues. In order to communicate their point of view, songwriters must successfully write lyrics using rhyme scheme, metaphors and poetic devices and compose music employing melody, harmony, and form. In this class, students will explore different song writing techniques used by female musicians from the 1960s until now in order to understand distinct musical styles and interpret point of view within cultural and historical terms. Students will analyze and contextualize the lyrics and music of the Crystals, Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith and Sara Bareilles, gaining new insight into the diverse roles that women play in the history of rock and roll.

 Related Standards: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Music-Fine Arts

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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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Video Resources

Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

Lauren Onkey talks to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Smokey Robinson about the art of songwriting.

See below for additional video resources related to this class.

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Click here for teacher research guides related to this class.

 

Selected Song List

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Class Resources

Soul singer and pianist Aretha Franklin is also an accomplished songwriter. Students will explore her 1968 song, "Think."

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