5th Graders Work On Black American Musicians Newspaper Project
Middle School Music Department

Fifth grade students spent the last two months exploring the development of American musical genres with music teacher Kristen Burnette. From blues to jazz to Motown, fifth graders have learned the impact of Black musicians on popular music both in the past and today. To culminate their learning, each fifth grader worked with a partner to create a newspaper article that highlights an influential Black musician. Students collected information by researching through a website that contained articles and videos curated by Ms. Burnette. As they took notes and drafted their articles, fifth graders embraced thoughtfulness and creativity in their work. Each article aims to teach the reader about the essential aspects of a musical genre. The students’ articles also feature information about a Black musician who helped shape that musical genre. Though many students entered the unit with knowledge of hip-hop and rap, the fifth graders have developed an interest and understanding of many more musical genres such as swing, soul and funk music. Please enjoy and explore the development of American musical genres through an example of our fifth graders’ “BAM!” Newspapers!

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