Do we really hear everything that is
conveyed in oral communication? These activities have been designed to
teach students how to critically listen to auditory information.
Directions: Listen to one of
the audio recordings below by clicking on the number. Use the Listening
Guide to describe what you hear.
Robinson (top left), 1861-1933.
Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1878.
Cowell copying California Folk Music recordings for the Library of
and Shaking Out in the Cold
Finley Had a Pig
Corinne Roosevelt Robinson
Sam Lucas, David Arbury, soloist
Byron Coffin, Sr., performer
Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election, 1918-1920
for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties
scene in the back woods of Arkansas; Currier & Ives, 1870.
Thomas A. Edison listening to the new Edison Diamond Disc phonograph.
Charles L. Todd
prepares to record using the Presto disc recorder, California, 1941.
Arkansas Traveler (Descriptive Scene)
Aba Daba Honeymoon
and recorded in 1922 by Steve Porter and Ernest Hare
and music by Fields and Donovan performed by Collins and Harlan
Vester Whitworth Zelmer Ward, guitar
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
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Entertainment: The Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies
from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker
"ring around a rosie" in one of the better neighborhoods of the Black
Belt, Chicago, Illinois.
Dancing to Wax
Smart roping cattle, Ninety-Six Ranch
Then and Now
by a group of children
James Walker and Rufus White
Leslie J. Stewart; Carol Fleischhauer and William A. Wilson, interviewers.
Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
Acoustic Recording - a record made with a diaphragm and needle powered only by the force of a voice.
Dialect - a regional variety of a language differing from the standard language.
Diamond Disc - a heat resistant disc that required a diamond stylus to play the recording.
Gramophone - an antique record player; the sound of the vibrating needle is amplified acoustically.
Instrumental Music - composed for or performed on a musical instrument.
Minstrel - a singer of verses accompanied by music.
Phonograph - an instrument that reproduces sounded recorded on a grooved disk.
Presto Disc Recorder - a recorder that used a stylus to engrave tracks into acetate coated discs. It weighed eighty pounds and was used to make the recordings found in Voices of the Dust Bowl.
Rube - an awkward, unsophisticated person from a rural area; rustic.
Slang - an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed of invented words, changed words, and exaggerated or humorous figures of speech.
Sketch - a short comedy piece.
Song - a short piece of music with words intended to be sung; the act or art of singing.
Speech - the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words.
Vocal Music - composed or arranged for or sung by the human voice.