From Folk to Pop

Themes & Variations


From Folk to Pop is a set of lesson plans for Grades 3-6 based on traditional folk songs that have been recorded by rock singers and found their way to the pop charts. The lessons include learning to sing the song, creating and adding accompaniments and descants, and playing the song on instruments. The collection also includes a history of the song, listening activities, and YouTube links to compare the traditional with the pop version. There are assessment suggestions and rubrics included.  The collection includes reproducibles, piano/vocal scores, and performance/accompaniment recordings.

Resource Index

  • Oh, Mary Don't You Weep - Bruce Springsteen
  • My Landlord - Elvis Presley
  • John B. Sails - The Beach Boys
  • Midnight Special - Midnight Special
  • Donkey Riding - Great Big Sea
  • Pay Me My Money Down - The Kingston Trio


Intended Grades:

Grade 3 - Grade 8

Materials Included

Print Book + Download Edition - $30.00
- Printed Book / Audio MP3
- Digital Book PDF / Audio MP3
- PowerPoint
Download Edition Only - $25.00
- Digital Book PDF / Audio MP3
- PowerPoint

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Audio: Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
Audio: Erie Canal
Book: From Folk to Pop
Projectable: From Folk to Pop