A new digital collection at the Library of Congress, “Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music,” provides an expansive look at America’s nineteenth amendment changemakers in song.
This posts highlights workshops that were offered by the 2018-2019 Library of Congress Teacher In Residence Carolyn Bennett.
Teacher in Residence Carolyn Bennett’s recent blog post explored the sounds and functions of bugle calls as a form of communication for troops from a musical perspective. This post describes ways in which coding allows students to explore different aspects of these calls.
Imagine a noisy battlefield, encampment, or port city. A commander has hundreds of men. Wireless communications have not yet been invented. How do the troops receive orders and coordinate movements? During the Civil War, this was the role of the bugle.
Students can understand more deeply and perform more authentically when they examine some of the threads bound up within a song’s cultural history. “This Little Light of Mine” is a prime example: Predating the struggle for civil rights, it takes on new shades of meaning every time it is sung.
Throughout the nineteenth century, singing schools supported building music skills for community singing in church and home
In addition to being fun, by design children’s songs teach valuable critical thinking skills.
R. Nathaniel Dett was one of the earliest composers to arrange African-American folk melodies in new, creative settings.
All of us here wish you a year full of opportunities to try out your dance moves, new classroom activities, and wonderful adventures.
Prepare students to analyze the four versions highlighted here by asking them to recall personal experiences hearing Auld Lang Syne: Who performed, and where? How did the audience respond? What was the purpose of the performance?