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A Celebration of Black History through Music

from Spirituals to Hip-Hop

By Blair Bielawski

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Grade 4-6
From Spirituals to Hip-Hop. Composed by Blair Bielawski. Reproducible book. Movement and Music, Social Studies. Enhanced CD. Lorenz Publishing Company #MP5112. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.MP5112).

Item Number: LO.MP5112

Introduce your students to the rich history of African-American music. Trace the roots of African-American music back to the slave songs of the 1700s through hip-hop of the 1970s and 80s. Learn about musicians of each style and the influence this music has had on music of the world. Words alone will not do justice to the music, so audio examples are included. You will also find a discography, reproducible worksheets, extension activities, and a complete PowerPoint presentation.

  • Reproducible Activities 
  • PowerPoint Slides 
  • Discography 
  • Jazz-Rock: Miles Davis 
  • Vocabulary Word Bank 
  • Bebop: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie 
  • Listening Quizzes 
  • Big Band Swing: Duke Ellington 
  • Spirituals: Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers 
  • Soul: James Brown, Aretha Franklin 
  • Pre-Spirituals 
  • Hip-hop: Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa 
  • Answer keys 
  • The Blues: Robert Johnson, W.C. Handy 
  • Dixieland: Louis Armstrong 
  • Rock and Roll: Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry 
  • Gospel Music: Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson 
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