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History for Music Lovers on YouTube

An article in the Washington Post yesterday turned me on to an amazing creative effort developed by a couple of teachers in Hawaii.

History for Music Lovers on YouTube is song parody and remix at its most useful.  And you are going to want to share it with your history, and many of your other teachers, on Monday (or before).

The music parody portal was launched by clever and talented Amy Burvall, of the Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Oahu, and Herb Mahelona, who used to work with her, at St. Andrew’s Priory in Honolulu.

I can see sharing and embedding these little videos as introductions to many of our world history units.  (They are captioned for reinforcing content as well as singing along.) I can also see using these as models for creative student research projects.

On another note, the so clever remixing here seems a cool way of examining transformativeness (repurposing and adding value) as it relates to fair use.

Here’s the very Pharaohlicious, Cleopatra:

And, here’s a sampling of the other 49 titles (and counting):

Illuminated Manuscripts (“Nowhere Man” by the Beatles

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Joyce – this is wonderful! I am doing a full day workshop for social studies teachers next week ( and will plan to share this with them. Thanks!

  2. Joan Tracy says

    Thanks once again Joyce

  3. What fun these are! I am following your advice, Joyce, and working on an email to my teachers sharing them as a “Happy New Year” gift. I’ll also post links on my website.

  4. Hi Joyce,
    These are absolutely gold!
    Would love to have our girls create this type of summary/mashup at the end of a unit too. Thanks for sharing this resource 🙂
    Kind regards,

    Sydney, Australia

  5. Colby Wilner says

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I want to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and precise effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and in no way appear to get something done.

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