Lesson Plan Title : Exploring Black Musicians from 1900-1950

Age Range: Grade 9 through Grade 12 (High School)

Overview and Purpose: American history is full of many great black musicians that performed between 1900 and 1950. In this activity, students prepare a Power Point presentation about the life of one of them.

Objective: The student will be able to present a report on a black musician who performed between 1900 and 1950.


List of various black musicians from the first half of the 20th century

Internet access for each student

Various props the student may need to present their report


Have students choose a black musician from the list (or they can find one on their own). Have them research the musician's life and musical career and present a Power Point presentation about them. The students should include information about the musician's personal life, style of music, professional accomplishments, and community or social involvement.

Wrap Up:

The classroom could be turned into an old-fashioned nightclub to set the atmosphere for the student's presentations. Students could also be encouraged to dress and talk in the style of the day that their musician lived.