The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Roots of Rock and Roll: An American Journey

Suggested Grade Level: K-4 / 5-8 

In the 1950s a new and electrifying musical style called rock and roll swept the airwaves and grabbed the hearts of teenagers across the United States.  This revolutionary music actually grew from strong roots in older styles such as blues, gospel, country, and rhythm and blues.  Students examine classic video performances and recordings to see how musicians brought these earlier musical styles together and connected diverse aspects of American culture.  The Roots of Rock and Roll is offered at two different grade levels.  K-4 students will enjoy singing along with the Rock Hall education ensemble and using U.S. maps to explore various geographical regions of the United States, focusing on several key cities where the roots of rock and roll flourished.  Students in grades 5-8 will dig deeper into the cultural meanings behind this music and analyze musical characteristics of each style. 

Related Standards: Social Studies, Fine Arts-Music

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes. 

"The Geator with The Heator" Jerry Blavat, a DJ from South Philadelphia known for spinning Oldies tunes, talks about the early days of rock and roll.

See below for additional video resources related to this class.

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Class Resources

Students explore blues, country and gospel or vocal harmony.

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Kathryn, John, and Jason did a fantastic job. Their knowledge of the material was obvious. The visual timeline and U.S. map, along with the student book was perfect. The integration of singing and dancing hit all learners!
- Maureen Oaklief, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
This is an excellent culmination of the students’ second semester study of the history of rock
- An anonymous teacher
I love this program! The presenters are engaging, well-spoken, positive, and very good teachers. Thanks!
- Holly Wilson
It has been fun to watch how your programs have evolved over the past few years. I like how you’ve included interaction with reading, the map, and the drawings. The programs have become “classrooms” and your staff does a great job.
- Wilbur Wright Elementary