It’s time for our annual no-theme themed band session, when you choose the genres and the songs to explore and perform. Whether you want to dive into oldies, cover current hits or anything in between, we’re ready to help you make these songs your own 
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Singer-songwriter Paul Simon has made hits and earned accolades for over half a century, both solo and with early collaborator Art Garfunkel.  “I believe that we are all connected on this very basic emotional level by music — by rhythm and harmony.” – Paul Simon 
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If we can learn anything from Sir Elton John, it’s that even if you’re born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, it’s perfectly okay to rechristen yourself Elton Hercules John and embark from your humble beginnings on a multi-faceted career of musical fabulousness. The man Entertainment Weekly describes 
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Founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in Detroit in the late 1950s, the Motown record label and its affiliates cranked out 110 Top 10 hits between 1961 and 1971, featuring artists like The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles and The 
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The 80s might seem like ancient history to our students (and probably even to some of your parents), but it’s history worth studying: Buried under the poppy synthesizers and big hair that define the decade in stereotypes, we’ll find some innovative and influential music from 
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Known as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll,” Sun Studio in Memphis rose to prominence in the 1950s and 60s with stars like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, who fused country music and R&B into a new sound. Sam Phillips named his record company 
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Known for her narrative, often confessional songwriting and genre-spanning style, Taylor Swift released her debut album a few months before her 17th birthday. Inspired by country musicians like Shania Twain and previous-Bird-featured-artist Dolly Parton, Swift started out writing songs about “what happened in school that 
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