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Teaching American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music in Your Classroom

The information and activities included in this section of the American Sabor website can serve as independent classroom learning tools to better integrate the study of Latino music and culture into school curricula. These materials are also great supplements for a visit to the exhibition. These resources offer a range of lesson plans and activities for teachers and students, including:
  • Social and cultural history of Latino music
  • Latino music's impact on American popular culture
  • Information on Latino musicians
  • The vocabulary of Latino music
  • The styles of Latino music and their origins
Latino music is deeply rooted in over 500 years of history that spans Europe, Africa and Latin America. The lessons included below will help your students better appreciate the impact of these artistic and cultural traditions on contemporary American culture.

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Curriculum Introduction

Elementary School Student Materials

Middle School Student Materials

High School Student Materials

Resources referenced on all post-visit worksheets

Additional Resources

Curatorial review was provided by Shannon Dudley, Marisol Berríos-Miranda and Michelle Habell-Pallán, guest curators from the University of Washington for American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.

Special thanks to Patricia Costa Kim, Ph.D., Director, Education, Experience Music Project.

Classroom PDFs last updated June 20, 2011