For Teachers

Campaign Music 101 in the Music History Classroom 

Teaching Music History Conference, June 11, 2017
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (Georgia College), Naomi Graber (University of Georgia), Hanna Lisa Stefansson (University of Georgia), Cameron Steuart (University of Georgia), Mary Helen Hoque (University of Georgia), Sarah Kitts (Georgia College), and Kassie Kelly (Trinity University)

Contributors to Trax on the Trail will be giving a workshop on how to incorporate campaign music into music history classes at the 2017 Teaching Music History Conference. You can access the slides for our presentation and our handout below. The handout contains campaign music lesson plans and a comprehesive bibliography on the topic.

Teaching Music History Conference Handout

Teaching Music History Conference Slides

 

Trax on the Trail and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame join forces to bring you Rock & Roll to the White House 

Kassie Kelly (Trax Education and Outreach Coordinator) and Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (Trax Creator and Co-editor) join forces with Leah Branstetter (Rock Hall Digital Education Coordinator), Mandy Smith (Rock Hall Education Programs Manager), Kathryn Metz (Rock Hall Manager of Education Outreach) and Deanna Nebel (Rock Hall Education Instructor) to bring you an exciting and timely lesson unit that explores the use of rock music in presidential campaigns. Our unit includes footage of artists and politicians opining on intersections between music and politics, a Spotify playlist, images of artifacts from Rock Hall's own museum, and slides to accompany class discussions. You can check out our plan here:

Rock & Roll to the White House

Supplementary Materials for Rock & Roll to the White House

Also check out the other terrific lesson plans available through Rock Hall's Digital Classroom, and their exhibit Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics.

 

Popular Music in U.S. Presidential Commercials

Candidates typically enter the rally stage to a pop song, but what happens when they use these tunes in their commercials? In this lesson plan, Joanna Love (University of Richmond) offers discussion points and activities for teachers of non-majors who wish to explore the role pop music plays in branding the candidate.

Lecture Notes

Lecture Slides

 

The History of Presidential Campaign Music 

Eric T. Kasper and Benjamin S. Schoening, authors of Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns, bring you a lesson plan that will guide students through the history of campaign music. 

Lecture Notes

Lecture Slides

 

Trax on the Trail Podcast Series

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 1 "Super Tuesday Edition," featuring Dana Gorzelany-Mostak and James Deaville WRGC 88.3FM (aired March 1, 2016)

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 2 "The Candidate Takes the Mic," featuring Brian Barone, James Deaville, Cannon McClain, and Dana Gorzelany-Mostak WRGC 88.3FM (aired April 26, 2016)

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 3 "Parodying the Presidency," featuring Christianna Barnard, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, and Sarah Kitts WRGC 88.3FM (aired June 9, 2016)

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 4 "The Candidates Take On Broadway," featuring Naomi Graber, Elissa Harbert, James Deaville, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, and Sarah Kitts WRGC 88.3FM (aired July 25, 2016)

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 5 "The Soundtrack of Populism," featuring Justin Patch, Matthew Jordan, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, James Deaville, and Cannon McClain WRGC 88.3FM (aired September 22, 2016)

Trax on the Trail Podcast, Pt. 6 "The Empire Strikes Trax," featuring Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, Sam Campbell, Sarah Kitts, and Cannon McClain WRGC 88.3FM (aired November 11, 2016)