Most of us that teach US History have a genuine passion for the subject. Yet we sometimes get caught up in teaching about dynamic people, landmark events and laws, and important dates. At times this can be boring and less than stimulating to our students. Good teachers are constantly looking for better ways to instruct and motivate their students.
One of the ways I have used in the classroom is to use music as a technique. Music can be a meaningful “window” into the past. I have found great success in using this method. Attached are power points for some of the songs of an era that you can use in the class room as a change of pace in your teaching.
Because of copyright restrictions, I am unable to send you the actual music. To get the music you can find virtually all of the music on You Tube. If you are unable to locate the music on the internet, send me an email and I will burn a CD for a small fee and mail it to you.
Please email me for the additional power points.
The Gilded Age
Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill
Sung by: Cisco Houston (available on YouTube)
Relevance: Labor Issues
Sung by: various artists (available on YouTube)
Relevance: building of railroad
Sun Dance Song
Sung by: various versions (available on YouTube)
Relevance: American Native issues
The Homestead Strike
Sung by: Pete Seeger (available on YouTube)
Relevance: labor issues
Other songs that could be used –
America the Beautiful – various artists
Crossing the Grand Sierras
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
The Farmer Is the Man
Father’s a Drunkard and Mother’s Dead
Home on the Range
Mule Skinner Blues
The Sidewalks of New York
The Song of the Shirt