Teach the Beat: Go-Go

Teaching for Change is honored to be working with D.C. Public Schools, Prince George’s County Schools, and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes.

In addition to posting resources online, Teaching for Change, in partnership with DC Public Schools, brings go-go artists and scholars to classrooms.  Go-go performers and scholars provide in-school coaching to D.C. public and public charter school teachers and students in music, social studies, and language arts classrooms. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) funded the pilot of the classroom-based effort and individual donors are making more visits possible. See photos, video clips, and stories about the classroom visits here.

SWW student with go-go gold record

High school student with the Bustin’ Loose gold record, shared by go-go artist John Buchanan.

Sweet Cherie talks with kindergarters about go-go.

Background

Teach the Beat launched in July of 2011 with a forum for teachers at the Anacostia Museum with featured presenters Sweet Cherie and Sugar Bear. Funding has been raised at events and through individual donations. Chuck Brown was the featured guest at house parties at the home of Steve and Sonya Coleman and the home of Charles Stephenson and Judith Burrell. There was also a go-go concert under the stars at the Anacostia Gallery. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provided funding for a teacher institute in 2013 and to pilot classroom coaching visits by go-go artists in 2015.

 

Make a Donation to Teach the Beat

Your donation to Teach the Beat allows us to develop and promote teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes. The funds also make it possible for more classrooms to host coaching sessions with go-go artists and scholars. Choose an amount below:

 

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