For Educators

Whether you teach social studies, music, English language arts, or all of the above, music can be a powerful tool to engage students in your content area. The purpose of the For Educators section of is to inspire you and provide you with the know-how and resources to include music in your toolkit. You don't need any special music knowledge or skills.

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Teacher's Guide: The Story of the United States in 12 Songs

    • includes ready-to-use Audio Investigation Slides for distance learning or classroom use, recommendations, vocabulary, and additional resources to help you teach with our free resource "The Story of the United States in 12 Songs"

Music Library

    • the main content area of features informative articles about music, browsable by historical era, topic, and genre

Primary Source Strategies

    • printable worksheets with response prompts that guide students in analyzing songs as primary sources

Internet Resources

    • a guide to other websites that will help you teach with America's music