John Philip Sousa: The March King

SousaProject Description

Introduce your students to the life, legacy, and music of John Philip Sousa with this interactive digital activity.

First, students will take a trip through time and learn about the "March King" using the provided interactive website and research guide. Then students will learn what it's like to be a military musician today by watching an interview with SSG Kyle Peck of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own."

Suitable for grades 4-12.

Artistic Process

Connect, Respond

What's included

-Lesson plan
-Research Guide (Digital)
-Video: Interview with SSG Kyle Peck

Guiding Question

Why is John Philip Sousa remembered as the "March King" and what was his impact on the history of music? 

Standards Addressed

GM.R NL.7.1. I can listen and respond to music.

Indicator GM.C IL.9.2 I can demonstrate and describe the skills needed for careers in music.

This resource also aligns with the following from the Profile of the SC Graduate:

World Class Skills: Communication, information, media, and technology; Knowing how to learn
Life and Career Characteristics: Self-direction, Global Perspective
Competency Statements: Read Critically, Learn Independently, Investigate Through Inquiry

About the Project Creator

To learn more about Jeff Robinson, click here.

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