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Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song

  • 29 Jun 2015
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NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:  Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song

June 29-July31, 2015 

Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history. They’re also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom. The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (www.american-music.org), is pleased to be offering its sixth five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.  “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song” will be held from June 29 - July 31, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh. This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music.  A few of the comments from teachers who have attended previous Voices Across Time institutes:

“I don't think there is a day that goes by when I don't think of the five weeks [when] we shared a wonderful experience at the University of Pittsburgh. I know that working with all of you has made me a better teacher.”

“Voices Across Time demonstrated the appeal and power of interdisciplinary learning. The extensive curriculum developed by the Center for American Music is easily implemented at any level, with rich bibliographies to encourage further research.

“It was a wonderful experience.”

Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents. Carefully selected field trips along with historical live performances will offer uniquely engaging evocations of an historical context.

We encourage participation especially from middle- and high-school teachers of social studies or related disciplines, including history, geography, and language arts; other grade levels and disciplines will also be considered, and music teachers are welcome. Additional information, along with application materials, is available at www.voices.pitt.edu or email: amerimus@pitt.edu (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).  More information about the NEH and its programs is available at www.neh.gov. 

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