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Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies (Grades 5-8)

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7254-7
464 pages
August 2004, Jossey-Bass
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Listen to Learn, with its companion music CD, offers teachers a dynamic way to use the history of American music to engage their students (grades 5-8) in reading, writing, social studies, geography, music, and multicultural lessons and activities. The book traces the colorful musical traditions of diverse cultures including early Native music, folk, blues, classical, jazz, country, Tejano, salsa, rock, and rap. The CD features authentic music from such American musical greats as Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, Mahalia Jackson, Lead Belly, Lydia Mendoza, and many more. Listen to Learn features a variety of fascinating activities that encourage students to write about their favorite music, investigate songs as poetry, research the lives of famous musicians, explore family musical traditions, research how instruments make sounds, plot record charts, and much more. Designed in a handy, lay-flat format for easy reproduction, Listen to Learn is divided into four major sections.
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Table of Contents


How to Use This Book and CD Set.

Unit One: Native American Music.

Lesson 1: Traditional Native American Singing.

Lesson 2: Traditional Native American Instruments.

Lesson 3: Native American Music Regions.

Lesson 4: Contemporary Native American Music.

Unit Two: European-American Music.

Lesson 5: Colonial Music: Sacred and Secular.

Lesson 6: Folk Music.

Lesson 7: Patriotic Music.

Lesson 8: Early Popular Music.

Lesson 9: Early Classical Music.

Lesson 10: Instruments of the Orchestra.

Unit Three: African-American Music.

Lesson 11: Music of the Slaves.

Lesson 12: Spirituals and Gospel Music.

Lesson 13: The Blues.

Lesson 14: Dance Music.

Lesson 15: Soul and Funk.

Unit Four: New American Music.

Lesson 16: Modern Popular Music.

Lesson 17: Contemporary Classical Music.

Lesson 18: Jazz.

Lesson 19: Country Music.

Lesson 20: Latin American Music.

Lesson 21: Rock Music.

Lesson 22: Rap.

Appendix: Extension Activities and Teacher Directions.



CD Song List.


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Author Information

Teri Tibbett is a teacher and musician living in Juneau, Alaska. Since 1976, she has taught music at all grade levels, both as an itinerant music teacher and through her own school, The Juneau School of Creative Arts.
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“Teachers can rely on the accuracy of her information as they adopt Tibbett’s music content suggestions as a catalyst for learning and creativity.”
--Virgina Giglio, Ph.D., author, Southern Cheyenne Women’s Songs

“Ms. Tibbett shows us what we all need to know—that the music Americans enjoy today is the result of what has been played, sung, and heard down through the ages.”
--Harry Gamble, education administrator, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

“Teri Tibbett’s book will provide teachers with the knowledge, tools, and confidence they need to make music a part of everyday learning.”
--Linda Rosenthal, violinist and professor of music, University of Alaska

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Teri Tibbett's Home PageVisit author Teri Tibbett's site for more information about her ongoing work.
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