Primary Sources for Musical Learning

During the 2018-2019 school year, I served as the Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. I consider myself fortunate to have spent year exploring music scores and recordings at the Library, thinking about how primary sources can enrich the music classroom, and finding musical crosscurricular connections. I've compiled two collections of some of my favorite primary sources: Pieces that are more suitable in the general or elementary classrom, and a collection of choral repertoire. Explore my collections through the blue buttons below. Then explore some tools, resources, and links below for further exploration.

Folk and historic materials for the young musician.

Public-domain choral repertoire, with a focus on under-represented compsers and genres.

A few student-facing collections of resources and suggested teaching ideas for exploring specific genres of American music.

Resources for Analysis

Looking for graphic organizers and teaching tools to help your students explore these primary sources - or others - through the process of inquiry? Here are some of my favorite tools. Click through the thumbnails to access a full version of each resource.

Elements of Music graphic organizer.pdf