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[Free Smartbaord] Presentations on the Life of Chuck Berry in Multiple Languages for Music In Our Schools Month

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Chuck Berry, one of the fathers of our art form of Rock & Roll, passed away on March 18th, 2017, during Music In Our Schools Month. Forever going forward, let's remember this pioneer by honoring him in music education. Here are 9 free interactive Smartboard Presentations made by music teachers and music students on the Life of Chuck Berry and his impact on music. They can be viewed online or use them as a free download and present them in class, offline. Three of the music presentations are in different languages: French, Spanish and Norwegian. I've also included some memorable quotes and lyrics from the man himself to share with your students. Thank you, Chuck Berry. Rock-in-Peace.

1. The Awesome Chuck Berry Presentation 

"Well, the first time I heard in that was in one of Carl Hogan's riffs in Louis Jordan's band. We have T-Bone Walker, I love T-Bone Walker's slurs and his blueses; so put a little Carl Hogan, a little T-Bone Walker and a little Charlie Christian, the guitarist in Tommy Dorsey's band, together: look what a span of people that you will please. And that's what I did in Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven - And making it simple is another important fact, I think, that resulted in a lot of the artists understanding, and being able to play, my music. If you can call it my music, but there's nothing new under the sun.” ~ Chuck Berry

2. [French] History of Rock Music

“They had a hi-fi phono, boy, did they let it blast. Seven hundred little records, all rock, rhythm and jazz. But when the sun went down,the rapid tempo of the music fell."C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.” from You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry

3. Chuck Berry: Guitar Shaped Presentation

“The Big Band Era is my era. People say, 'Where did you get your style from?' I did the Big Band Era on guitar. That's the best way I could explain it.” ~ Chuck Berry

4. [Spanish] Rock Music of the 1950's

"I first started playing guitar whilst in high school, when I was featured vocalist with the Tom Stevens band. My first professional engagement with my own band, consisting of Ebby Hardy, Jasper Thomas and Johnnie Johnson, was at Huff Gardens, East St. Louis in 1952. I wrote several songs around this time, but the material we played was mostly by Joe Turner and Nat Cole” ~ Chuck Berry on early playing and songwriting

5. The History of Rock and Roll

I don't get nervous before I play. Oh, I did the first time—wondering whether I was going to be good or not. But after about four or five songs it went away and never came back.” ~ Chuck Berry

6. [Norwegian] History of Rock

"I concentrate on the lyrics usually, and then I work out the song on my guitar when I have the lyrics on paper. Then I tape it to get an idea of the overall sound, after which I record it. Most of my songs come from either personal experience or other people's experiences or from ideas I get from watching people. I would say that I aim specifically to entertain and make people happy with my music, which is why I try to put as much humour into my lyrics as possible" ~ Chuck Berry on Songwriting

7. The History of Chess Records [Chuck Berry]

Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans, Way back up in the woods among the evergreens, There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood, Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode, Who never ever learned to read or write so well, But he could play a guitar just like a ringing a bell.” ~ from Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

8. Student Presentation on Chuck Berry

Riding along in my automobile, My baby beside me at the wheel. I stole a kiss at the turn of a mile, My curiosity runnin' wild. Crusin' and playin' the radio, With no particular place to go” from No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry

9. Chuck Berry on a Phonograph Presentation

"When I meet people they say, 'Wow, we thought you were a short man.' I guess it's because of the name. Chuck, it's small, you know! And another thing, I have this popular image of being quiet, and people wonder why, because of my stage act I suppose in which I go pretty wild. Well, you can't expect me to be leaping around when I come off stage, and talking extra-fast!" ~ Chuck Berry

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