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:
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.
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)
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.