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Teaching with music can provide students with a link to the past through listening, singing, and dancing skills.
Guide for teachers to encourage students to generate and test hypotheses and ask questions.
Video (0:53 seconds) playing harpsichord tunes.
Video (1:09 minutes) playing 18th-century harpsichord tunes.
Video (1:04 minutes) playing 18th-century harpsichord tune.
Video (1:09 minutes) playing 18-century harpsichord tune.
Video (1:58 minutes) showing 18th-century military music.
Video (5:33 minutes) comilation of songs sung by enslaved people songs. The video includes Sit Down Servant, Sit Down; Hoe Emma Hoe; and Fungalafia.
Video clips discussing how a harpsichord is constructed and how it works.
Lesson plan asking students to analyze "Yankee Doodle" and encouraging them to write new lyrics.
Teacher Resource page featuring select primary and secondary sources, classroom materials, and essentials questions for teaching about the business of Mount Vernon.
Object page for the Washingtons' harpsichord.
Video (45:04 minutes) exploring the music of Washington's world.
Video (1:21 minutes) of the song Hoe Emma Hoe.
Explore the Little Parlor in the Mount Vernon mansion where Nelly Custis played the harpsichord.
Video (2:57 minute) showing 18-century century military music.
Article about music in the 18th century.
Mount Vernon web page exploring the role of music in the Continental Army, featuring video and audio.
Forty five minute program exploring the soundtrack of George Washingtons 18th century world.
Video (6:34 minutes) showing 18th-century military music.
Teacher Resource page featuring select primary and secondary sources, classroom materials, and essentials questions for teaching slavery.