The Invention of the Electric Guitar

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/1/2009

In this online resource, students will learn how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar and how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar's commercial success and more innovative designs. Students can view the collection of guitars from the exhibition, click on each guitar to learn more and listen to audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith. They can also listen to recordings of different types of guitars in a section entitled "How Guitars Work".

National Standards

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

Standards in History (Grades K-4)

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Instructional Strategies

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