Listen to the Music!

Got a young music buff at home? Have him put the instrument down and take the ear buds out for a beat or two. He can learn all about some of the most famous, most influential musicians and movements of all time with this set of fantastic 4th grade reading comprehension worksheets.

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History of Jazz

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about the birth of jazz music, and the history of African-Americans in pop music.
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History of the Blues

The blues is one of the first kinds of 'folk music' to come out of the United States, and its influence can be heard all over.
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History of Rock 'n' Roll

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about the birth of rock 'n' roll music and the history of African-Americans in pop music!
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History of Hip Hop Music

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about soul music and the history of African-Americans in pop music, all in this Hip-Hop Music worksheet!
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History of Motown

Your child will learn about the history of music and the history of segregation in America with this Motown worksheet.
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History of Soul

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about soul music and the history of African-Americans in pop music, all in this soulful worksheet!
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Jazz Greats: Etta James

Meet Etta James, a legendary African-American singer of soul and jazz. Your little musician can read a mini-bio and answer some trivia.
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Jazz Greats: John Coltrane

Get to know John Coltrane, a jazz legend, with this music history worksheet! Read his mini-biography and answer some trivia.
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George Gershwin

For piano lovers everywhere, here's a fun reading exercise featuring George Gershwin, the composer who wrote the brilliant Rhapsody in Blue.
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Rodgers and Hammerstein

Spark your little musician's interest with a fun worksheet about a couple of famous composers, Rodgers and Hammerstein.
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Cole Porter Biography

Learn a little bit about the life and work of Cole Porter, then try your hand at writing a song like one of his!
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Irving Berlin

Hum a tune with Irving Berlin, a famous composer who you may not know, although you've probably heard some of his songs!
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Leonard Bernstein Biography

For budding music lovers, here's a reading exercise on Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest American composers.
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History of the Piano

Masterful musicians can learn the origins of the piano with this music history worksheet.
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History of the Guitar

What came before the guitar? Give your little musician a fun way to learn more about one of the oldest types of instruments!
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