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Cultural Equity Research Center

Found in: arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Association of Cultural Equity was founded by Alan Lomax to preserve the world's expressive traditions. The Research Center features sound recordings, photographs, videos, radio programs, discussions, interviews, and lectures all related to Lomax’s travels and interest in music, dance, and oral tradition as well as resources in performance style research, the Geo Archive, and teaching resources. All sections can be searched by keyword or browsed by project/event title and date, subject, participants, or cultures. The resources are suitable for K-12 music and social studies classrooms:

  • For Teachers offers a growing collection of K-12 lesson plans and activities. Lessons and activities can be browsed by region, topic, and grade level. Regions include United States, Caribbean, United Kingdom, and Europe, areas Lomax visited.
  • Children's Singing Games from Scotland and Trinidad  (1-3) has two activities, the first in form comparison, and the second in melodic recognition. The activity includes recordings of both songs, but does not include instructions for playing the game.
  • Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? (3-5 6-8, 9-12) asks students to clap with the rhythm of the song and to speculate on the identity of Bill Bailey and to write an essay.
  • Joe Turner (4-6, 7-9, 10-12) asks students to recognize instrumentation and chords and to compare versions of the lyric.
  • Train Music in Blues-Style (9-12) asks students to analyze the guitar playing in a blues number and to investigate blues musicians of the Mississippi Delta.


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