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        History and Improvisation: Making American Music - Lesson Plan | Craft in America

        In this lesson, students will view the MUSIC episode, featuring finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them. MUSIC illustrates how a study of American music is a study of American history. Students will investigate connections between musicians and their instruments and between American music and American history. The studio portion of the lesson is designed around the idea of creating a maker space in which students experiment with and invent prototype instruments. Instructions are also included for a basic banjo made from a sturdy cardboard box.

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