Black Violin is an innovative blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Named after an album by preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith, this group was one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013 and returned to sold-out crowds in 2014. The group has a passion for educating and performing to young audiences even amid the success of their adult concerts. This performance, specifically geared to students, is focused not only on their genre-busting music, but on inspiring creativity, dedication, and determination.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS EASILY APPLIED IN YOUR CLASSROOM:
- 8.SL.2: Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
- 9-10.RL.9: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
- 11-12.RL.5. Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Lesson Plan Idea: In groups, students research an instrument from the strings category, identifying its history, how the instrument works to make music, which genres of music use it, and noted musicians who have played it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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