Education materials for Grades 2-6.
This packet is designed with educators in mind helping connect the dots between arts history and the classroom. There are several lessons to choose from including a guided reading piece about Burleigh, explorations of slavery and song, the Underground Railroad and secret messages, the spiritual and its roots, and the inspiration of African-American music in classical music. While the focus of the packet is to explore the music of Harry T. Burleigh, it is important to note that there are some exploratory lessons about spirituals, plantation work songs and other songs of African-Americans during the time of slavery. These build a background for understanding the deep cultural roots of Burleigh, which shaped his contributions in making this music accessible to all ethnicities. All lessons are 2nd-6th grade friendly and can be taught by any classroom teacher as a way of enhancing your lessons about, through, with, and in the arts.