From Ragtime to Rock: An Introduction to 100 Years of American Popular Music

From Ragtime to Rock:
An Introduction to 100 Years of American Popular Music


Available as a 2-Disc DVD or Digital Download
(Ordering infromation at bottom of page).

Introducing the new educational DVD from award-winning drummer, author and educator Daniel Glass. This 2-disc package offers a sweeping look at 100 years of music evolution, covering the end of the Civil War (1865) to the dawn of the British Invasion (1965). The goal? To show musicians and music students here in the 21st Century just how much they have in common with the past.

From Ragtime to Rock takes the viewer on a thrilling journey that details how American Popular Music evolved alongside important historical, economic and sociological events such as Slavery, Segregation, Prohibition, Immigration, the Great Depression, World War II, the rise of the teenager, and many more.

Official Trailer:

To bring this fascinating story to life, From Ragtime to Rock incorporates eight high-energy performances from an all-star band featuring members of Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Michael Buble band, Conan O’Brien’s house hand, and Bette Midler’s “Kiss My Brass” Revue.

In addition to a 100+ minute video, this package includes an additional disc (CD-R) that contains an in-depth, 69-page Educator Guide with reproducible teacher and student guides.

Whether you teach General Music, Jazz Studies, band, choir or private instrumental instruction, you’ll find that the high-energy, info-packed presentation of Ragtime to Rock will offer your students a deeper connection to the music they listen to today. Simply put, it will make your job easier!

These teaser clips offer a detailed overview:

Additional Highlights:

– Explores the instrumentation of a pop music ensemble, showing how a horn-based military band eventually transformed into a small combo dominated by rhythm instruments.
– Looks at the relationship of vocal and instrumental music, showing how they have shifted in importance over the decades.
– Details how the blueprint for the pop music formula we still follow today was established during the British Invasion era of Rock’n’Roll.
– In addition to a 100+ minute video, this package includes a 69-page eBook that contains reproducible sets of Teacher/Student Guides and Activity Sheets.
– Aligns to a number of core standards as dictated by the following organizations: Nat’l. Coalition for Core Arts (NCfCA), Nat’l. Assoc. for Music Education (NAfME), and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Updated Educator Guide!

The From Ragtime to Rock educator guide has been updated to an in-depth 69–page eBook. View samples below.

If you  purchased an older version of the DVD that has incomplete teacher/student guides, please contact Daniel to receive the newest version. In your email, please include your name, educational institution, and when/where you purchased From Ragtime to Rock. Thanks!

Sample Educator Guides:

Educator Guide: Introduction and Overview


Teacher and Student Guides – From Unit 10 “The Swing Era”


Ragtime to Rock covers the following key musical eras:

– Brass Bands/March Music
– Ragtime
– Early Jazz (New Orleans)
– Blues and Blues Singers
– Chicago Jazz (aka Dixieland)
– Great American Songbook
– Big Band Swing
– Bebop Jazz
– Rhythm and Blues
– Country/Rockabilly
– Early Rock’n’Roll
– The British Invasion

Ordering Information:
– To buy the 2-Disc DVD, click the “Add to Cart” button at right, then click Cart Checkout”
– To purchase the Digital Download, click this link to visit Daniel’s shop at Platform Purple:

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