Videos under 'Preview Videos: Middle School'
Short preview videos for each program in the Grades 6-8 video library.
"Colonial America: Music From The 13 Colonies" is a 43-minute interactive program for grades 3-8. Sing authentic songs in Dutch, Iroquois, and English . . . try your hand at an ancient musical activity from the southern plantations . . . puzzle over some tuneful brain teasers on colonial trades (24 of them!) . . . laugh, move, respond, and learn as we explore life in the 13 original British colonies and New Netherland. Complementing the elementary and middle school ELA/SS curricula, this program takes students well beyond Yankee Doodle to discover colonial life through some great hidden music and fascinating stories. NOTE - - The "Bonus Content" library contains two short song videos that accompany this program. These can be used ahead of time, if desired, to familiarize students with two of the songs.
"Immigration to America" is a 55-minute interactive program for grades 3-8. From the Native Americans to Ellis Island and beyond, here are some carefully selected songs and stories of several different groups that have come to America over the past 1,000 years, along with some musical instruments they brought with them. Themes touched upon include why people immigrated to America, what they expected to find, how they got here and where they are now. Highly interactive!
"The Amazing Erie Canal" is a 58-minute interactive program for grades K-8. With guitar, banjo, jaw harp, bones, spoons and more, Dave leads students on a fun-filled musical journey into American and New York State history. Students become active participants in their own learning as they sing along, respond to questions and act out songs. Topics covered include important dates and facts about the building of the canal, why and how it was used, its connection to the growth of the state and New York City, life on a canal boat and more.
"The Iroquois: Northeastern Woodland Tribes" is a 52-minute interactive program for grades K-8. With guitar and traditional Native American (Haudenosaunee) instruments, Dave leads students on a fun-filled musical journey into northeastern woodlands history. Students become active participants in their own learning as they sing along (in English and Iroquois!), answer questions and act out songs. Topics covered include the tribes' use of their surroundings to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, and the forced relocation to the reservations. This program also features Dave’s enduring "hit" song, “The Three Sisters.”
"Westward Expansion and the Gold Rush" is a 45-minute interactive program for grades K-8. Dave leads students on a fun-filled musical journey back to 19th-century America. Starting with the Cumberland Gap, Lewis and Clark, and the Erie Canal, this program walks students across the Mississippi River and out to the Oregon Trail and California as they answer questions, act out songs, move, laugh, sing, wonder and inquire. Topics covered include the motivations to move west, the routes, the wagon trains, the Gold Rush, relations with – and effects on – the Native people, and more.