How did Rock and Roll Begin
Covering Bill Haley and The Comets, Chuck Berry & Little Richard
Students will love learning about the first Rock and Roll bands – how Bill Haley brought Rock to teenagers through the movie “Blackboard Jungle”, and Chuck Berry and his famous “duck walk”.
The King of Rock and Roll
Students will learn all about the profound influence of Elvis Presley on Rock and Roll
In this lesson students will learn about the meteoric rise of Elvis Presley to prominence in the 1950’s, and the reasons why he is regarded as the “King of Rock and Roll.”
The Day the Music Died
Music Lesson Plans about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
Students will learn about one of the most important events in early Rock History – the plane crash that shaped a generation, and later inspired Don McLean’s song American Pie.
The British Invasion
Learn about the Beatles and other British bands who dominated the pop music scene in the 1960’s
In this lesson students will learn about the phenomenal impact of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other bands who were dubbed “The British Invasion.”
Learn about essential soul musicians who influenced Rock and Roll, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown and others.
In this lesson students will learn about the roots of Soul Music, and enjoy fun activities related to the Motown and Stax record labels.
Surf Music Lesson Plans
The Beach Boys, The Mama’s and the Papas, Surfaris & The Ventures and others.
Learn about the clean cut Surf Bands of the 1960’s and how they dominated the charts with easy listening melodies.
WoodStock Music Festival
Artists who performed at the Woodstock Music Festival and others from the era including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cream and The Who
In this lesson students will learn about this influential music festival in 1969. Just exactly what was so special about this time of love, peace and happiness for the people who were at this event?
The Punk Music Revolution
The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and other bands who led the radical Punk Movement in the 1970s through to today.
In this lesson students will discuss what was behind the punk movement when it emerged in the 70’s, and why it still exists today.
Disco Music Lesson Plans
The Village People, ABBA, and other artists from this memorable era of the 70’s and 80’s.
in this lesson students will explore exactly why Disco became popular in the 1970’s and 80’s, and why it lost popularity just as quickly, yet still has a “cult” following even today.
Solo Artists Music Lessons
Billy Joel, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks. We’ve tried to cover all as many solo artists as possible in this lesson.
In this lesson students will explore the music of the popular solo artists from the 1970’s through to today. Just what makes a solo artist popular? and how did these people become household names?
This Lesson explores the various Rock styles that continued to emerge in the 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s until today. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, KISS and Bon Jovi
‘Classic Rock’, ‘Glam Rock’, ‘Hard Rock’, ‘Heavy Metal’ and ‘Progressive Rock’ are all compared and discussed in this lesson
Pop Artists covered include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus.
In this lesson students will explore what makes a perfect “pop” song, and what defines “pop” music today.
The Grunge movement of the early 90’s featuring Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
In this lesson students will learn about what made up the “grunge” sound of the early 90’s and how it was a rejection of the “glam rock” style that came before it.
Dance Music – How it has evolved from Disco to the nightclubs of today.
In this lesson students will explore the sub genres of Dance Music today including House, Trance, Drums ‘n’ Bass, Hi-NRG, Techno and Electro.
One Hit Wonders
You’ve heard the song, but do you know the name of the band?
In this fun lesson students will learn about some of the one-off hits to have appeared in Rock music in the last 30-40 years.