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Grades: 9-12 Overview: “COMPANY” centers on the life of Bobby, a confirmed bachelor who is celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends, who happen to be five couples. The musical examines marriage and relationships and the reasons people come together, divorce, and stay together. The culminating scene shows Bobby’s transformation from an unattached […]

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Grades: 9-12 ERIC CLAPTON CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL CHICAGO brings together guitar legends from blues, country, rock, and pop music in the blues capital, Chicago, in a salute to this American musical tradition. Time Allotment: Approximately two 45-minute class periods Subject Matter: Music, History, and Language Arts LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Students will: 1. Brainstorm as a group […]

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Overview: NUREYEV: THE RUSSIAN YEARS tells the story of Rudolf Nureyev, the world-famous ballet dancer who defected from the former Soviet Union to France in 1961. The film documents Nureyev’s humble beginnings, his late start as a dancer, and his relentless quest to become the best and most famous ballet dancer in the world. It […]

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RESPECT YOURSELF: THE STAX RECORDS STORY chronicles the birth of Stax Records, soul music, and the “Memphis sound.” During a time when the United States was segregated and the struggle to end racial discrimination and extend civil rights to African Americans was raging, Stax was racially integrated and eventually became one of the most successful […]

A-Z List of Great Performances Lessons

“Company” – Examining Social Attitudes and Stereotypes Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago – Chicago Blues Nureyev: The Russian Years – Back in the U.S.S.R. Peter & The Wolf – Exploring Melody Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story – The Birth of Soul For older lessons, please visit the educational resources archive.