Songs, Sounds and Stories from the Georgia Sea Islands

American music is the result of the influence of many cultures, including the traditions brought by the African slaves. Young scholars study the polyrhythms, the call-and-response format, and the vocal improvisations of the Gullah culture found in much of American music.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Designed for music classes but adaptable to arts and social studies classes as well
  • For middle and high school social studies classes invite a member of the music department to participate in the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the Smithsonian Folkways series
  • Requires extra prep time to gather and prepare the materials, including copies
  • Groups required access to a computer with internet
  • The richly detailed lesson plan includes step-by-step directions, links to required materials, and a vocabulary list
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