Lesson 1: Exploring “Hard to Stop”
Learn About Zydeco and Louisiana
- Jeffery sings zydeco. Zydeco is music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with rhythm and blues as well as music from the native people of Louisiana.
- Find Louisiana on the map, SG40. What states are near Louisiana? How close is Louisiana to Georgia and South Carolina?
Learn the Chorus to “Hard to Stop”
- Listen to “Hard to Stop,” Track 24.
- Invite students to share what they hear in the music (e.g. man singing/talking, various instruments playing, etc.).
- Invite students to sing along with “Hard to Stop,” Track 24.
Explore Tempo Through Movement in “Hard to Stop”
- Listen to a portion of the song once more.
- Review tempo on p.83.
- While students listen to the song, ask students to tap and dance along with the steady beat to explore the tempo of the song.
- A very fast tempo is called presto. A very slow tempo is called largo.
- What kind of tempo does “Hard to Stop” have? Fast? Slow?
Explore Instruments in Zydeco Music
- Zydeco music features many different instruments, including accordions, fiddles, triangles, and especially washboards or rubboards called frottoirs (fro-TWAHS).
- Using SG43, examine pictures of the accordion, fiddle, triangle, and other zydeco instruments.
- Which instruments do you hear in “Hard to Stop?”
Literacy Extension: Zydeco Zoom by Theresa Newport Singleton
Zydeco Zoom tells the story of Zerick, a young accordion player making his first appearance on the zydeco stage.
Musical Word Wall
Add the words accordion, frottoir, largo, presto, tempo, and zydeco to the Musical Word Wall.
SG43 ↓ Download File
Musical Explorers Audio Tracks
“Hard to Stop”