Music & History, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 6710 CFS1 ((Graduate) EDU 4710 CFS1 (Undergraduate)
Instructor: Bill Holiday
Location: This course includes travel to Cleveland, Detroit, Nashville, Memphis, and Muscle Shoals.
Dates and Times: Travel July 5 - July 15, 2019. The final project is due August 10, 2019.
Credits: 6 Graduate or Undergraduate Credits
Tuition: To Be Announced. The course tuition will be announced as soon as travel costs are finalized.

Note: Course payment or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, Stafford Academic Center, Castleton University, 251 South Street, Castleton, VT 05753. Thank you.

Course Description

This course of study will include a selection of topics in academic disciplines based on the needs and interests of the participants. It is intended for students and administrators seeking continuing study and elementary, middle school and high school educators seeking advanced study in content areas.

Through seminars, workshops, readings, and fieldwork, participants will explore the environment and history of selected sites:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio
Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan
Country Music Hall of Fame
Studio B
Ryman Auditorium
Selected downtown sites related to the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tennessee
Sun Studios
Rock & Soul Museum
Stax Studio
Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
Muscle Shoals Studio
FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Participants will work daily to produce and develop integrated and differentiated based lessons, complete with assessment products and proficiencies for implementation in classrooms. This course is designed to be adaptable for all grade levels and content areas and for veteran and aspiring teachers and administrators.

The lesson plans will be based upon an instruction received in the United States and will be wholly reproducible as digital resources made available for Castleton University and the public domain.

Music & History - Program Rationale
Coursework in the United States will include site field work at:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio
Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan
Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B, Ryman Auditorium & selected downtown sites related to the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tennessee
Graceland, Sun Studios, Rock & Soul Museum, Stax Studio, Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
Muscle Shoals Studio, FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Participants will develop integrated lessons to be shared and used as curriculum.

Contact instructor Bill Holiday for a complete syllabus and more information.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  • Develop new and integrated curriculum
  • Improve instruction
  • Learn about the music culture of the United States through the historical period of 20th century America

Course Expectations

  • Attend all site visits affiliated with the course
  • Successful completion of all pre-trip assignments
  • Schedule will be provided
  • Assessment requirements will be emailed/shared via Google Docs
  • Music & History examines historical events through motion pictures, film segments, and music with emphasis on their historical background, social, political, and economic contexts.
  • Course Learning Goals/Objectives/Competencies:

After taking this course, you will have an improved ability to:

  1. Analyze how the business of music has shaped and impacted history
  2. Reflect on the methods and context that musicians and filmmakers have used to reflect upon and/or shape history.
  3. Recognize himself or herself as a historical subject whose viewing experiences are contextually influenced by music.

Donnelly, K.J. Film Music. Critical Approaches
Reserved Readings (regular reserve and e-reserve)
Inglis, Ian Popular Music, and Film
Timms, Larry. The Soul of Cinema
Reserved Films & Musical Selections (TBA):

Oral and Group Presentations:

  • Oral Presentation. 5 - 10 minutes when assigned
  • Group Presentations. 20 minutes when assigned
  • Title and year of the song(s)
  • Objective. What is the goal of your presentation? How does an understanding of the music you have chosen allow you to recognize yourself as a historical subject whose viewing experiences are influenced by film and


  • Participate in seminars, workshops, field experiences and discussions in the United States
  • Develop new curriculum/programs or a series of lessons to be integrated into the school district’s curriculum
  • All work completed is for the public domain
  • A general reflection at the end of the course (2 examples below).
  • ALL final projects will be shared with by August 10, 2019

Course Itinerary

(Tentative - dates may change slightly)

Day 1~ Travel Day – Friday, July 5
Depart Brattleboro for Cleveland, Ohio
Overnight in Cleveland

Day 2 ~ Cleveland – Saturday, July 6
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame program
Evening Session
Overnight in Cleveland

Day 3 ~ Detroit – Sunday, July 7
Depart Cleveland for Detroit
Arrive Motown Museum for program
Overnight Dearborn, MI

Day 4 ~ Nashville – Monday, July 8
Depart Detroit for Nashville
Arrive Nashville for preparation
Overnight in Nashville

Day 5 ~ Nashville – Tuesday, July 9
Program at Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B
Evening session
Overnight in Nashville

Day 6 ~ Nashville & Travel – Wednesday, July 10
Field work at downtown Civil Rights confrontation sites
Depart Nashville for Memphis
Visit Lorraine Motel

Overnight in Memphis

Day 7 ~ Memphis – Thursday, July 11
Field work
Sun Studios

Stax Studios
Beale Street music culture

Music night in Memphis
Overnight in Memphis

Day 8 ~ Memphis – Friday, July 12
Visit Graceland & Graceland Museum

Rock & Soul Museum
Field work in Memphis
Film night in Memphis - Muscle Shoals
Overnight in Memphis

Day 9 ~ Muscle Shoals – Saturday, July 13
Depart Memphis for Muscle Shoals, Alabama (possibly via Tupelo, MS/Highway 61)
Arrive Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Film viewing
Overnight in Muscle Shoals

Day 10 ~ Muscle Shoals - Sunday, July 14
Muscle Shoals Studio
FAME Studio
Evening program in Muscle Shoals

Day 11 ~ Return Home - Monday, July 15
Depart Muscle Shoals for Birmingham, Alabama Airport
Fly home from Birmingham

For additional course information

Bill Holiday
(802) 558-7454

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!