Virtual School Shows

Black Violin

Grades 5-12


Don’t miss the amazingly talented and popular Black Violin!  This group’s unique sound is an innovative blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Named after an album by preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith, this group has been one of the hottest bands at preeminent music festival South by Southwest® in recent years. The group has a passion for educating and performing to young audiences even amid the success of their sell-out public concerts. This performance is specifically geared to students in the virtual landscape while showcasing Black Violin’s genre-busting music and their goal to instill creativity, dedication, and determination.

“Students were inspired and very enthusiastic!
They will remember to think outside the
box and that anything is possible!”

On sale December 2, 2020 starting at 9:00am.

Set the Stage

Prepare your students for their trip to the virtual theater with these free resource materials.

Common Core Content Standards

Easily apply these content standards in your classroom:

  • 6.SL.2: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • 8.SL.2: Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
  • 9-10.RL.9: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
  • 11-12.RL.5. Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Lesson Plan Idea

In groups, students research a stringed instrument identifying its history, how the instrument works to make music, which genres of music use it, and noted musicians who have played it.


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