I went straight to education-based websites to begin my research on teaching popular music in the classroom. While I was reviewing the information on each site, I began formulating a lesson plan for my World Dance and/or Beginning Choreography classes.
1) www.sites.si/edu/exhibitions/exhibits/americanSabor/index.html (accessed 5/28)
I began my research at the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition site. There, I found information about the contributions of Latina/Latino Americans to jazz and popular music. The Smithsonian currently hosts a traveling exhibit called "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music."
2) www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resrouces/7710/preview (accessed 5/28)
Next, I visited pbs.org. I searched the online resources for teachers and found exciting lesson plans and resources about hip-hop culture, copyright laws and appropriation. Three documentaries with supplemental lesson plans especially jumped out at me: Copyright Criminals, Copyright Criminals: Sampling in Other Forms of Media & Industry and Hip-Hop Sampling: Theft or Tribute?. Because I was so jazzed by what I found on this website, I actually ordered a free copy of the DVD and education materials for the Hip-Hop Sampling program.
3) www.pbs.org/arts21/education/glossary-pop.html (accessed 5/28)
I also found a definition for "appropriation" on the pbs. org website. When I begin to discuss appropriation in terms of music and hip-hop dance, I hope to use this site as an instructional resource.
4) www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/ (accessed 5/28)
Next, I visited the Kennedy Center website. I had hoped to peruse the many lesson plans provided by the ArtsEdge program at the Kennedy Center, but I wasn't able to access the website, so I focused my attention on the artists they profile on their main site. I found several clips of musicians/dancers that I could use for my appropriation unit in class. Specifically, I found a clip for Tappers w/Attitude, Bang on a Can, Tony Bennet, and Ray Charles. I had hoped that the site would also include a clip or biography about Elvis Presley, but none could be found. I did a little more research on the web and finally hit the motherload.
5) www.vh1.com/partners/vh1_music_studio/past-search.jhtml (accessed 5/28)
I found what seems to be a wonderful resource for music education and pop culture. VH1 hosts a site called VH1 Music Studio with access to literally hundreds of lessons and VH1 specials about popular music. Two lessons caught my eye: And You Don't Stop: Thirty Years of Hip Hop and VH1's 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons. Both of these resources will be helpful when I teach my appropriation unit in class.
At first glance, the lesson plans provided by VH1 Music Studio seem fairly solid. They provide historical information relevant to music, additional website resources, and a list of the National Music Standards for with the lesson plan aligns.