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Access Series: Making Music and Sonic Self-Portraits

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Music +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This inspiration collection of musical people and music instruments was used for a music-making activity and discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Students used GarageBand software to create sonic self-portraits. Prior to the activity, teens were asked about their favorite genres of music, including jazz, blues, classical, rock, pop, rap, and R&B. Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the discussion prompt, and the images for inspiration.

Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program, #SmithsonianMusic

Aretha Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Ray Charles

National Portrait Gallery

Empress of the Blues

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Band Concert

Smithsonian American Art Museum

32c Flappers single

National Postal Museum

29c Elvis single

National Postal Museum

Branford Marsalis

National Portrait Gallery

Bruce Springsteen

National Portrait Gallery

Fatha Hines

National Portrait Gallery

Coleman Hawkins

National Portrait Gallery

Louis Armstrong

National Portrait Gallery

Pete Seeger

National Portrait Gallery

Studio Portrait of a Man Playing a Guitar, Diptych

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Studio Portrait of a Man Playing a Guitar, Little Milton

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Blind Musician

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Alan Lomax

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Young Guitarist

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Street Musicians

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Joshua Daniel White

National Portrait Gallery

Summer

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Libba Cotten

National Portrait Gallery

Prince

National Portrait Gallery

Woody Guthrie

National Portrait Gallery

Muslim Men With Guitars, Bo Kaap

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Elvis Presley

National Portrait Gallery

Bruce Springsteen

National Portrait Gallery

B. B. King

National Portrait Gallery

Bob Dylan

National Portrait Gallery

Paul and Guitars [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Electric guitar belonging to Chuck Berry, nicknamed "Maybellene"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Stratocaster Electric Guitar

National Museum of American History

Jazz

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artie Shaw

National Portrait Gallery

Dizzy Gillespie [ca. 1984-1990 : black-and-white photoprint]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

32c Jazz Flourishes single

National Postal Museum

John Coltrane

National Museum of African American History and Culture

At the Piano

Smithsonian American Art Museum

At Her Best, Sarah Vaughan

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Billie Holiday

National Portrait Gallery

20c Scott Joplin single

National Postal Museum

Miles Davis

National Portrait Gallery

Photograph of The Fat Boys in NYC

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bust of Benny Goodman

National Museum of American History

Bust of Miles Davis

National Museum of American History

Bust of Louis Armstrong

National Museum of American History

Bust of Charlie Parker

National Museum of American History

Dave Brubeck (with Paul Desmond)

National Portrait Gallery

Benny Goodman

National Portrait Gallery

Louis Armstrong

National Portrait Gallery

33c Hip-hop Culture single

National Postal Museum

Nas, Queensborough Bridge 1993

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Shawn Carter, or Jay-Z

National Portrait Gallery

Katy Perry

National Portrait Gallery

33c Rock n' Roll single

National Postal Museum