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Guest blog: Summer Teacher Institute participant Pedro Mena discusses the importance of music in the classroom

Wednesday, May 4: 11:34 a.m.
Posted by Pedro Mena
Pedro Mena leads a breakout learning session at Summer Teacher Institute 2009.

Music is a bridge to learning, exploring, and creating in the classroom.  Listening to the history of rock and roll and looking at its roots helps to paint a picture of how our country was shaped by such a diverse group of people with different backgrounds but with one thing in common: the desire to express and communicate through song.  A quick look at Elvis Presley’s first release, “That’s All Right”/ “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” reveals his influences (rhythm & blues/country & western), his surroundings (black and white America in the south), and his ability to bridge the two distinct styles, exposing it to a larger audience.  Addressing and breaking down racial barriers through music is a powerful and often overlooked fact in pop culture.  The Summer Teacher Institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum shows just how it evolved.  From the blues to hip-hop and beyond, a week at STI gives you the foundation for sharing the history of rock and roll with your students and the tools to apply it effectively in the classroom across subjects and disciplines.  Prior to teaching art, I was a live music and event promoter showcasing upcoming and ...

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