One of the best ways to add music into homeschool is by incorporating it into other subjects your family is already studying. While studying American History you can incorporate musical culture into each of the eras of history. Music evokes emotion. So, studying music in each era helps a child immerse themselves in the emotions of the people who lived during those historical times.
When students listen to a variety of forms of music related to their study of history they it helps them to learn about the cultural diversity found in a variety of geographic settings throughout within the United States.
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10 American History Music Studies
Knowing what music to integrate into your history studies might be difficult for you. That’s why I’ve put together this post with resources where you can find music studies which can merge well with your American history study.
- American Music for Elementary by Music in Our Homeschool
- We’ve Got Jazz by Look We’re Learning
- Music from Across America from EdSitement
- State Songs of the 50 States by Music in Our Homeschool
- African American Music Appreciation by Hoffman Academy
- A Folk Song a Week by Music in Our Homeschool
- American History Through Music by Diana Waring
- Music of Early American History at Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool
- Folk Songs for Children from SQUILT Music Appreciation
Build Your Own American History with Music Study
If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, perhaps you are more comfortable building your own unit study or adding in materials to coincide with your history lessons. I’ve gathered a few additional resources to help you build your own study.
Websites to Research for American Music
- American Music Preservation
- World Music Center – American Music
- A Simple Guide to American Music History
Books for Teaching American Music
- American Music Melody by Felicitas Mitchell
- American Anthem: A Song of Our Nation by Gene Scheer
- Creating the Jazz Solo by Vic Hobson
- Melody’s Songbook Of Freedom by Lonna Hardin
- 30 American Folk Songs with sheet music and fingering for Tin Whistle by Stephen Ducke
- She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music History by Jordannah Elizabeth and Briana Dengoue
- American Popular Music by David Lee Joyner
- An Introduction to American Music by Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin
- Popular Music in America by Michael Campbell
American Music for Your Kids to Listen To
The best way to teach music is through listening. So, if you don’t want to dive into a full study but do want to help your children to experienc history by setting a mood you can simply turn on music in your homeschool while they work on their history lessons. I’ve gathered a variety of music from the different American generations for your listening pleasure.
Keep in mind, it’s impossible to encompass the full scope of music in America in one blog post. That’s why I’m trying to give you a general overview beginning with colonial times and leading to modern American music. That said, there of course are a wide variety of genres found in the various eras of American history. I’ve tried to focus on the ones that seemed to speak to the American way of life in broad terms, as opposed to regionalization, while still touching on those that play a role in the history of our country.
Colonial America Era
- American Colonial Instrumental Music by various artists
- Colonial America by Hesperus Early Music Ensemble
- The Stars and the Lily by Emilie George
- American Colonial Christmas Music by Berkeley Chamber Singers
Revolution Era Music
- Birth of Liberty: Music of the American Revolution by Continental Harmony Singers
- Music of the American Revolution by The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums
- Homespun Songs of the Patriots in the American Revolution by Bobby Horton
- Songs of the Revolution by Diane Taraz
- Echoes of Revolution by The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums
Post Revolution America Era
- Songs of the Working People by Various Artists
Civil War Era
- Music on the March: Tunes of the American Civil War by Carolina Fifes and Drums
- 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War by Anonymous 4 and Bruce Molsky
- The Songs of the American Civil War by Various Artists
- Battle Hymn of the Republic / Patriotic Anthem / Ameican Civil War Music by Patriotic Fathers
- Women in Blue or Gray: True Stories from Both Sides of the American Civil War by Jim Weiss
- Fun & Fury: Civil War Fife and Drum Music by 2nd United States Artillery & Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Music of Westward Expansion
- Westward Expansion: The Pioneer Years by Mister Rhythm
The Blues Era
- American Roots Songbook: Blues From Memphis by Various Artists
- Southern Journey V. 1: Voices from the American South – Blues, Ballads, Hymns, Reels, Shouts, Chanteys and Work Songs by the Alan Lomax Collection
- Great American Fiddle Collection by Various Artists
World War 1 Era
- America I Love You by American Quartet
- Comic Ragtime & World War 1 Songs by Billy Murray
- Over There!: American Songs And Marches Of The Great War – 1917-1918, Vol. 1 by Various Artists
- The Best Classic Jazz by Louis Armstrong
Post WW1 Era
- Raw Pre-war [WW2] Gospel by Various Artists
- Roaring 20s: Rare Original 1920s Recordings by Various Artists
- Roaring Twenties : Hits Of The 20s by Various Artists
- The Great American Songbook Collection by the Beegie Adair Collection
- 30 Greatest Scott Joplin Ragtime Piano Pieces by Scott Joplin
- The Very Best of the 40’s Big Band and Swing Jazz by Various Artists
World War 2 Era
- Mythical Songs of the Second World War, Vol. 1 by Various Artists
- 16 Most Requested Songs Of The 1940s, Volume One by Various Artists
Classic Country & Rock N Roll
- My 50’s & 60’s Collection by Various Artists
- The Best of Classic Country by Various Artists
- Classic Rock Hits by Various Artists
- Classic American Country by Various Artists
- 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s Classic Hits by Various Artists
- 100 Rock Power Tracks From The ’70s, ’80s & ’90s by Various Artists
A great way to document a music study is by using a listening guide. Grab this free Printable American History Music Listening Page to print for your children’s music studies.
Introducing music studies into your homeschool doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact it can be as simple as playing music while your children work.
With the above resources you’ll have a vast collection you can choose from to coincide with every era or American history.
What is your favorite era of American music? Share your faves in the comments below.
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