Build a House Book Review With Lesson Plans for Music

Integrate literature into the music class with these lesson plans for Build a House by Rhiannon Giddens and illustrated by Monica Mikai. This book is based on the song of the same name and is the story of what happened to enslaved Africans after the Emancipation Proclamation.

  1. The Review
  2. Official Video of the Book and Song
  3. NPR Book Interview with Rhiannon Giddens
  4. Rhiannon Giddens & Yo-Yo Ma Play “Build A House”
  5. Breakdown-The Song
  6. Lesson Plan
  7. Buy the Book
  8. I Will Not Be Moved
    1. Links for “I Will Not Be Moved”
  9. The Whitewashing of African American Roots Music
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The Best Children’s Literature for the Music Classroom

A list of books from newly published to classics for the music classroom with links, music connections, activities, and lesson plans!

A growing compilation of great books and musical connections that work with them!

Books Reviewed + music connection ideas

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Amanda Gorman Music Resources and Ideas

Music Resources & Ideas for the works of Amanda Gorman.

Change Sings

With her poetry of words, Amanda Gorman’s “Change Sings” uses a story full of music vocabulary to invite children to be the change in the world with acts of kindness. Here are songs that fit into that theme.

The Change Is You

Amanda Gorman’s book, “Change Sings”, inspired this new 3-part round song that uses an African proverb to begin the journey of a call to action to be the change in the world.

Change the World, With Kindness

Written for younger singers, this song reinforces the act of kindness themes in Amanda Gorman’s book, “Change Sings.” With lots of repetition and sequencing, this easy-to-learn song is a perfect concert selection. The resource includes suggested movements and opportunities to create your own movement.

I Dream A World by Andre Thomas

This gorgeous melody set to Langston Hughes’ words is in 2-parts which could easily be adapted to a single melody line. In “Change Sings” Gorman writes, “I scream with the skies of red and blue streamers. I dream with the cries of tried-and-true dreamers.” Hughes writes, “”I dream a world where man, no other man will scorn. Where love will bless the earth and peace its paths adorn.”

I’ll Make the Difference by Moses Hogan

The Dream Keeper by Rollo Dilworth

America the Beautiful

One of the top ten songs EVERY child should learn to sing.


Included on this page-

Lyrics-Ukulele music-Performance options-TpT Link to an America the beautiful presentation-Free coloring page download, Great video examples of the song

Besides singing in the classroom or at a school community meeting, when have YOU had your students perform America the Beautiful?

(Leave your answers in the comments. Here are mine.)
  • Veterans Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Sporting Events
  • Peace Walks
  • Spring & Winter Programs
  • Earth Day
  • Women’s History Month
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July

For ukulele (C, C7, D7, F, and G)

PPT Presentation on TpT

Teachers Pay Teacher Presentation in both Powerpoint and Google slide formats

Coloring Sheet Free Download

Patriotic tribute by two sisters

Virtual Orchestra and Choir Collaboration

Ray Charles