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Teacher Curriculum & Resources

The following curriculum materials have been created exclusively for GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. Teachers may download them for free and are encouraged to use them in conjunction with a school group tour.  Click on the gold titles to learn more about each lesson and download.


 

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John Lee Hooker

With a prolific career that spanned over five decades, legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker remains a foundational figure in the development of modern music, having influenced countless artists around the globe with his simple, yet deeply effective style. Known to music fans around the world as the “King of the Boogie,” Hooker endures as one of the true superstars of the blues: the ultimate beholder of cool. His work is widely recognized for its impact on modern music—his simple, yet deeply effective songs transcend borders and languages around the globe.‚Äč

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Understanding U.S. and Mississippi History through Music

On August 24, 2015, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Bologna Performing Arts Center co-presented an education program and concert with the Band of Legends – a group that features the studio musicians who toured and recorded with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and more.  The band included Norbert Putnam, James Burton, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Wood with Andy Childs on vocals.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer.  He is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s.

Beatlemania

Although the term “Beatlemania” was first used in 1963 to describe the shrieking Beatles fans in England, it quickly spread throughout – and took over – America, its airwaves, its record stores, its movie houses and its teenagers...

Woody at 100

Born in 1912, Woody Guthrie is one of the most noted folk singers and songwriters in history, penning thousands of songs in his career, including the seminal American folk song, "This Land Is Your Land."

Robin Carson, Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Archives
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In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement

On February 9, 2010, during Washington, D.C.'s worst snow storm on record, President Obama and the First Family joined Vice president Joe Biden, Cabinet members and other special guests, as well as students from around the country, to commemorate Black History Month...

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The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown

On February 24, 2011, The White House welcomed 120 students from across the country to celebrate the music of Motown when they hosted "The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown" in the State Dining Room.

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Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom Curriculum Highlights

Are you looking to introduce students to the concept of music as a force for social change? The GRAMMY Museum's Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom curriculum highlights the intersection of music and politics with lessons that introduce key concepts.

Bandslam Interactive Educator Guide

The movie BANDSLAM is about a high school kid, Will Burton, who wears his nonconformist heart on his sleeve. It's about what it means (and what it takes) for a person to express himself-loud and clear-through music.

Bandslam Reel Thinking Webisodes

Explore the GRAMMY Museum with the cast of the movie Bandslam! Watch as Gaelan, Vanessa and Aly break down the basics of musical genres, songwriting and recording and how they relate to you, as a student.