Lesson 1: Yo-Yo Ma and the Intersection of Cultures (Music, Language Arts)
Lesson 2: Interpreting the Silk Road Through the Graphic Arts (Visual Arts)
Lesson 3: Everything Old Is New Again: The Chinese Cultural Revolution and Its Legacy (History, Social Studies, Language Arts)
Lesson 4: The Ongoing Syrian Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis (History/Social Studies, Language Arts and Literacy, Music, Visual Arts)
Lesson 5: The Iranian Revolution (History/Social Studies, Music)
Lesson 6: Preserving Culture in a Globalized World (History/Social Studies, Music)
Lesson 7: Ancient Instruments, New Music (Music) – Instruments of the World PDF below is the PowerPoint referenced in this lesson.
Lesson 8: Viewing a Documentary Film: Developing Film Literacy (Film Literacy, English Language Arts) – The Glossary of Film Terms linked below is useful for this lesson.
Teach about world music and world instruments through the Silk Road Ensemble.
The Youtube videos referenced below work well with the Instruments of the World PDF, which is also the PowerPoint Presentation created for Lesson 7 of the full curriculum guide for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road. Use the PDF and these videos together (videos in full or portions) to explore world music with your students!
Silkroad Home Sessions with Hadi Eldebek playing the Oud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0HhJSAY6TE.
Wu Man: Finding a Balance playing the Pipa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwQaeRRj2lE.
Kayhan Kalhor, of the Silk Road Ensemble, talks about the Kamancheh and begins playing the instrument around 5:40 in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH-NHAl_xao.
Khabiel features a solo and key instrumental segments performed by Cristina Pato playing the Gaita Gallega, featured in the PDF/Powerpoint. The video of this performance is just under 4 minutes and is a great example of what makes the Silk Road Ensemble so special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eZqnItXpQw.
Preview Lesson 2 Powerpoint PDF
Preview Instruments of the World PDF
This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDG. Learn more about teaching with SDGs: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.