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

Suggested Grade Level: K-4

This research guide serves as a resource for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Education Department course, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll": The Building Blocks of Music. For additional information on the course and for more teacher resources, see http://www.rockhall.com/education/inside-the-classroom/rockin/shake/ 

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 participate 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” - while they learn!  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. 

 

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Our catalog has a subject category for "Inductee." If you enter this term in the search box and choose "Subject" in the dropdown box, you will retrieve information on our resources that are related to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.

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    Databases

    These research databases can be accessed within the Library and Archives.

    • American Song
      Hear and feel the music from America's past right up to recent additions including Motown, Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas, and other artists from the rock era. There are songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys; songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War; and every great American genre is here—from folk and blues to country, gospel, and rock.
    • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
      The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.
    • Music Online
      Music Online is the broadest and most comprehensive online music resource that cross-searches all of the Alexander Street Press music databases. These include African American Music Reference, American Song, Contemporary World Music, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, and more.
     

    For Your Students

    Cover Art
    Rock 'n' Roll Music - Kate Riggs
    Call Number: ML3534 .R54 2008
    This book introduces rock 'n' roll music, discussing its history since the 1950s, instruments, and famous singers, such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones

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    Shake, Rattle and Roll - Holly George-Warren; Laura Levine (Illustrator); Laura Levine (Illustrator)
    Call Number: ML394 .G46 2001
    Rock around the clock with this fun and fact-filled introduction to the pioneers of rock and roll music.

     

    Objectives

    These resources, pulled from class discussion and selected from the Library and Archives' collections, will help you to:

    • Use context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary
      and use new vocabulary to describe
      the sounds that they hear.
    • Sing, clap, and dance to the rhythm and pitch of popular rock and roll songs.
    • Identify the elements of music as heard in various songs.
     

    Books

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    Bo Diddley - George R. White
    Call Number: ML420.B6 W45 1995

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    The development of rock 'n' roll - Daniel Jacobson
    Call Number: ML3534 J33 1998
    Includes Gaphic Timelines; History of Rock and Roll, Elements of Music and Index.

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    A Dictionary of American Pop-Rock - Arnold Shaw
    Call Number: ML102.P66 S53 1982
    Explains terms and slang relating to American popular music, discusses its various musical styles, and surveys the careers of important figures in popular music.


     

    Audio

    Cover Art
    Bill Haley's greatest hits! - Bill Haley and his Comets
    Call Number: CD HALEY-B GREA 1991
    Featuring the song "Rock Around the Clock"

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    Shout - the Isley Brothers
    Call Number: CD ISLE-B SHOU 1989
    Featuring the song "Shout".

     

    Video

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    Dick Clark's best of Bandstand - Dick Clark Video ; produced by Paul Brownstein
    Call Number: VHS COLL AMER-B-D 1986
    Featuring a performance of the song "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets.

    Cover Art
    Legends of rock 'n' roll - a Cooper/Hilda and Polivideo production ; producer, Anthony Eaton ; director, Bruce Gowers
    Call Number: DVD COLL LEGE-R 2004
    Featuring a performance of the song "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley.

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum live. Volume 4, Feelin' alright - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
    Call Number: DVD COLL ROCK-4 2009 FEEL
    Featuring performances of the song "Shout" by the Isley Brothers and the song "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley.

    Archival Resources

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    • Bo Diddley
      This catalog search provides links to a variety of archival materials in our collections on this artist.
    • Bill Haley
      This catalog search provides links to a variety of archival materials in our collections on this artist.
    • Isley Brothers
      This catalog search provides links to a variety of archival materials in our collections on this artist.
     

    YouTube Videos

    Bo Diddely, "Bo Diddley"

    Bill Haley and the Comets, "Rock Around the Clock," The Milton Berle Show

    Isley Brothers, "Shout"
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