The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Cleveland Is the City

Suggested Grade Level: 5-8 / 9-12

Cleveland, Ohio has been a hotbed of different styles of music including gospel, rhythm and blues, vocal harmony, rock, pop. blues and hip-hop. Vital to the national popularization of rock and roll in the 1950s, Cleveland’s African-American artists kept their city on the map throughout the decades and continue to influence generations of musicians. This Black History Month class will explore the impact and innovation of Cleveland artists including the Wings Over Jordan choir, the Moonglows, Robert Lockwood, Jr., the O'Jays, Bobby Womack, LeVert, Tracy Chapman and Kid Cudi.

Related Standards: Fine Arts-Music, Language Arts, Social Studies