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Black Music Appreciation Lesson Plans

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Black Music Appreciation Lesson Plans


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Black Music Appreciation Lesson Plans

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In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared that June would be Black Music Month to recognize the incredible influence that Black music has had on the U.S. and the world. This month-long celebration honors the profound contributions of Black artists across various genres, from jazz and blues to hip-hop and R&B. In 2000, President Bill Clinton solidified this observance with the first official presidential proclamation recognizing June as Black Music Month.

Use this curated collection of free preK-12 lesson plans, activities, and resources to teach the history of Black music in June and throughout the year. Our resources span from the early days of spirituals and gospel to the birth of rock 'n' roll and the evolution of contemporary genres like rap and soul. Engage students with multimedia presentations, interactive timelines, and classroom discussions that highlight the cultural and social impact of Black musicians. By integrating these materials into your curriculum, you can provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how Black music has shaped and enriched the global music landscape. Embrace the legacy and celebrate the creativity, resilience, and influence of Black musicians who have left an indelible mark on our world.

A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2022

"Perhaps no music has had as profound and powerful an impact in shaping America’s musical score as Black music."

Read President Biden's 2022 presidential proclamation.