The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


"Shake, Rattle, and Roll": The Building Blocks of Music

Suggested Grade Level: K-4 

This class is designed to teach elementary school students about the four basic elements of music – rhythm, pitch, volume, and color – in order to learn how musicians have used these elements to create some of the greatest rock and roll songs ever.  Students learn by singing, clapping, dancing, rocking and rolling along with recordings of upbeat and fun songs such as Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” and the Isley Brothers’ “Shout!"  Video performances of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees are used to teach students about the history of rock and roll music and help them apply analytical skills as they watch and listen. 

Related Standards:  Fine Arts-Music, Science, English-Language Arts

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

Director of Curatorial Affairs Howard Kramer talks about the impact of rhythm and blues musician Big Joe Turner on the development of rock and roll.

See below for additional video resources related to this class.

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Class Resources

Students learn about basic music principles in this class.

Registering for this Class

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The program is developmentally appropriate for primary grades. The facilitators were very welcoming, engaging, as well as entertaining. The program was very informative; short, simple, and to the point. My students really learned a lot and expressed/talked about how much fun they had.
- Anonymous, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
I used some of the motions from the program (movements, stop) when teaching. I also incorporated the information into my English lesson the following day. The program instructor was WONDERFUL! She kept my first graders engaged for nearly an hour and had ways to keep them moving so they didn’t just sit the entire time. We loved the Shake, Rattle, and Roll show!!
- Lindsay Foley, St. Augustine School (Cleveland Diocese)
The teacher was fantastic! She was very engaging and presented the material in a kid-friendly manner, but remained professional. Excellent! This was actually the best field trip program I have ever been on. Most programs do not match up as well with the standards. This program description was not misleading at all. Students learned exactly what was stated in program description. I look forward to our visit next year!
- Stephanie Apostoluk