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Rockin' the Schools: K-4 Rock and Roll Band! Meet the Instruments



Rock and Roll Band! Meet the Instruments

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, Rock and Roll Band! Meet the Instruments. For additional information on the course and for more teacher resources, see

In this exciting, interactive class, elementary school students examine the instrumentation of a rock band, discovering the low notes of the bass guitar, the pounding rhythms of the drums and percussion, the melodies and harmonies of guitars, keyboards, and more.  Students have fun learning about the characteristics of the instruments and their sounds - and even perform along with the band!  By investigating how musicians arrange the various instruments of a band, students discover how the different parts of classic rock and roll songs are created.  This class includes historic video performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, as well as live performances and demonstrations by the Rock Hall education ensemble.  At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum kids really do get a chance to ROCK! 

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Online Resources

Rock Hall Video: In the Museum

Chuck Berry

Ray Charles

The Les Paul Guitar


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

  • Identify the instrument families in a rock band and the major instruments in each family.
  • Explain what it means to arrange the instruments.
  • Describe the basic properties of sound energy and how specific instruments make sound.




Archival Resources

New to Archives? Check out:

Rock Hall Video: Behind the Scenes/Artifact Spotlight

Pete Seeger's Guitar

Rock Hall Video: Interviews

Van Dyke Parks

YouTube Videos

Temptations, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"

Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Child," live in Stockholm, 1969

Booker T & the MGs live, "Green Onions" (stereo)
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