In March, I brought my tabletop record player and several albums into Art Room 100 to show students the value of album cover art. Students agreed that packaging for LPs gives a musical artist a great opportunity to connect with a listener visually as well as auditorily.
First, we watched a "How Its Made" video about vinyl records.
The project took approximately 5 class periods. Every day, 5th and 6th grade students were allowed to pick different records to listen to - some old, some new. A lot of the music was weird and alien to these young scholars, but they kept an open mind. We discussed many different genres of music, touching on lessons they already covered in Ms. Gould's music class earlier in the year. I was impressed by the vast amount of musical knowledge students had comprehended since last semester.
|Ashlynn and Jordyn chose the Beatles.|
|Raymond chose Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.|
|Jade played the sounds of Philadelphia with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.|
|Janeliz was very curious and excited to hear the Flaming Lips & Fwends covering the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. She especially liked the songs Miley Cyrus sang on.|
|Kyria chose Philly jazz queen of the organ Shirley Scott.|
|Tymire soothed the class with the fragile but beautiful voice of Billie Holiday.|
Some days, we would even break into short, impromptu dance parties:
Stan Kenton's "Cuban Fire"!
Rawkin' out to Philly's own Man Man!
These guys really seemed to get into Johnny Cash.
While listening, students worked really hard on album covers of their own. Here are just a few:
|Sonieris' Taylor Swift album cover design|
|Chrystal's Ariana Grande album cover design|
|Gianberto's Daddy Yankee album cover design|
|Kathie did an alternate take on Les Claypool's Duo De Twang album cover, using mostly cool colors instead of the warm in the original.|
|Najia's Beyonce album cover design|
|Shaniah's take on a Shakira album cover design|
|Paula's Tyga album cover design|