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“Now, yesterday and today, our theater’s been jammed with newsmen and press from all over the world, and these veterans agree with me that the city’s never witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool…Ladies and gentlemen – The Beatles!” (Ed Sullivan, as quoted in Spitz, Bob.  The Beatles: The Biography. Little, Brown and Company. NY, NY. 2005)

Although the term “Beatlemania” was first used in 1963 to describe the shrieking Beatles fans in England, it quickly spread throughout – and took over – America, its airwaves, its record stores, its movie houses and its teenagers.  Although it’s difficult to fully appreciate the intensity of Beatlemania without having witnessed it directly, the phenomenon left a trail of interviews, iconic images, artifacts and recordings that allows us to piece together the excitement.  Through the below lessons for 9 – 12 grade students, let’s explore the many aspects that made this three year span such an exciting, and historic, time for music lovers in America.  

Class Curriculum For Teachers

Teachers may download the following curriculum materials on Beatlemania.

WOODY at 100

Born in 1912, Woody Guthrie is one of the most noted folk singers and songwriters in history, penning thousands of songs in his career, including the seminal American folk song, "This Land Is Your Land." Guthrie demonstrated how music acts as an agent for political, social, economic and cultural change in America, and influenced generations of other American musicians, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Woody at 100 is a celebration of Guthrie's life and continuing legacy as well as the largest and most comprehensive centennial celebration ever staged for an American music icon.



Teachers may download the following curriculum materials from the "Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration"


On February 9, 2010, during Washington, D.C.'s worst snow storm on record, President Obama and the First Family joined Vice president Joe Biden, Cabinet members and other special guests, as well as students from around the country, to commemorate Black History Month with "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." The television special, produced by The GRAMMY Museum, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, WETA and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), brought together talented musicians and performers including Smokey Robinson, Yolanda Adams, Natalie Cole, John Mellencamp, Bernice Reagon and the Freedom Singers, Jennifer Hudson, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Joan Baez, to sing songs that both fueled and inspired the American Civil Rights Movement. The program made history when singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, on his first-ever trip to the White House sang "The Times They Are a-Changin'," his 1964 protest song that became an anthem for the civil and political unrest of the 1960s.

In addition to the evening concert, The GRAMMY Museum produced three days of educational activities in Washington, D.C. One of the programs, "Music that Inspired the Movement," took place in the State Dining Room of the White House. Over 120 students from Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. attended.

To watch the education program, please go here.


Teachers may download the following curriculum materials from "Music that Inspired the Movement"


On February 24, 2011, The White House welcomed 120 students from across the country to celebrate the music of Motown when they hosted "The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown" in the State Dining Room. The hour-long program, introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama and co-produced by The GRAMMY Museum's education department, featured Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli giving a brief history on the label followed by a question and answer session with Motown founder Berry Gordy and musicians Smokey Robinson and John Legend. The program ended with lively performances by Legend and surprise guest Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.

The event was produced in cooperation with "The Motown Sound: In Performance at The White House", the latest in the on-going White House music series airing on PBS. In the days prior to the program, students from Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit were given special tours of The National Archives and The National Museum of American History as well as allowed the opportunity to watch rehearsals for the evening concert. "The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown" marks the second time the GRAMMY Museum has been invited to The White House to celebrate Black History Month, first traveling to Washington, DC last February to produce the special "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement" and the education program "Music that Inspired the Movement".

To watch "The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown" program, please go here.


Teachers may download the following curriculum materials from "The History of Motown"


Are you looking to introduce students to the concept of music as a force for social change? The GRAMMY Museum's Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom curriculum highlights the intersection of music and politics with lessons that introduce key concepts including the role of music in informing, uniting, inspiring, and confronting. This curriculum also provides students with an opportunity to explore the unique characteristics of music in comparison to other primary sources. These lessons can be used as a pre-visit to the GRAMMY Museum or as stand-alone lessons when exploring music in different ways.



The movie BANDSLAM is about a high school kid, Will Burton, who wears his nonconformist heart on his sleeve. It's about what it means (and what it takes) for a person to express himself-loud and clear-through music. Will rocks to the music he hears, capturing the hearts and imaginations of his band, his peers, and even that of a famous rockstar, along the way.

The music of BANDSLAM and the history of the music used provide extraordinary "teachable moments." To optimize these opportunities, The GRAMMY Museum, Walden Media and MENC: The National Association for Music Education, have created this interactive Educator Guide filled with history, science, and musical riches.


Explore the GRAMMY Museum with the cast of the movie Bandslam! Watch as Gaelan, Vanessa and Aly break down the basics of musical genres, songwriting and recording and how they relate to you, as a student.


This short 3-minute video introduces students to Genre with the cast of BANDSLAM. Use it with the Bandslam Activity 2 "Understanding Music Forms" to create a complete lesson that's fun, hands-on and unique!


In this video, the cast of BANDSLAM explores how songs and songwriting employ poetic devices like rhyme, metaphor and simile. Aly Michalka of the pop duo Aly and AJ discusses her own songwriting process and challenges students to write their own song. Use this video with the entire BANDSLAM Educator Guide, or as a unique accompaniment to a Creative Writing or Language Arts lesson.


This video offers students an introduction to music recording with the cast of BANDSLAM and a real life sound engineer. It asks students to research how many people work on one individual song. Use it with the BANDSLAM Educator Guide Activity 6 "Revolutions in Recorded Sound" or as a fun accompaniment to your own unique lesson plan.