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.
Another teaching suggestion is to play “theme music” as your students are entering your room to “set the mood.” What I mean is play music of the era to kick off your lesson. The following songs might be played –
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company C – The McGuire Sisters
Rosie the Riveter – The Four Vagabonds
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Barbara Cook
Any music from Glenn Miller or Benny Goodman
World War 2
Der Fuehrer’s Face
Sung by: Spike Jones (available on YouTube)
Gee, I Wanna Go Home
Sung by: Oscar Brand (available on YouTube)
Relevance: Army Life
Rosie the Riveter
Sung by: Kay Keyser (available on YouTube)
Relevance: Women working for the war effort
Other songs that could be used –
Any Bonds Today – Irving Berlin
Duration Blues – Johnny Mercer
Gee I Wanna Go Home – Leadbelly
I Hate to Get Up in the Morning – Irving Berlin
I’m Marching Down Freedom Road – Josh White
The Slip of the Lip – Duke Ellington