You-tube’s Music for History Lovers channel uses modern music to teach history

Here’s a fantastic world history resource for kids who like pop music and music videos.

The Music for History Lovers channel on you-tube uses modern top 40 hit songs to teach about important people and periods in world history, from the French Revolution (set to a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”) to The Crusades (set to a remix of “Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol).

The videos are surprisingly well done, and lyrics are printed along the bottom so students can read along.

You-tube's Music for History Lovers channel uses modern music to teach history

An example of some lyrics, from The French Revolution:

Don’t want no taxes
I’m paying too much
Let them eat cake
We had a banquet for lunch
I need my bread
Bread bread bread
Off with her head

(The author notes: “Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake” but it’s a Lady Gaga song, so we had to have that line!”)

With a chorus of:

La la liberte
French Revolution

The You-tube channel hosts over fifty videos on a myriad of subjects, including:

  • Napolean
  • King Arthur
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Black Death
  • Shakespeare
  • Attila the Hun
  • Constantine
  • Mummification
  • Greek Philosophers
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Nefertiti
  • King Tut
  • Joan of Arc
  • Chinese Dynasties…

Note: Parents may want to screen the videos before watching with their younger children. Some images may be upsetting, such as a blood spattered guillotine.

This is a wonderful way to give kids the basics about these historic people and events, and kick off more in depth studies.

You can also follow Music for History Lovers on Facebook.

Post Author: A Magical Homeschool

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