When I was in high school, I knew a couple of really hilarious guys. These two were best friends and extremely smart. For a class, they decided it would be cool to create a rap about Abraham Lincoln and went on to make more afterwards.
That was when I first realized that music can help people learn, even if they aren’t a student of music.
There is a song that my brothers and I listened to growing up, called “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”. We loved it. I’m sure that between the three of us, that song was played over a thousand times. It never occurred to me until Seth and Duncan that I could learn from music.
My friends have long drifted apart and stopped writing music; but, what really saddens me is that I have been a music major for 4 years and have not yet written a comedic and historical song. There have been numerous tests that would have been more rewarding, had I simply written a song to study.
Luckily, I recently discovered The History Teachers.
What The History Teachers have done is to make authentic sounding and looking visual aids for study, that can also be listened to for pleasure. Their songs are hilarious, witty, and informative. My favorite to date has been “The Odyssey”, cleverly put to the tune of “Across the Universe” by The Beatles.
This blend of literature, history, and music is very inspiring to me. Hopefully they will keep putting out these wonderful songs to inspire future generations of students to learn. All I know is that, when I have children, I will have them listen to The History Teachers.