School Programs

Reservations

Curriculum-based school programs and tours for groups of ten or more students are schedule Monday-Thursday. Reservations must be made by a teacher or school representative and are required at least two weeks in advance.

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School Program Books
'50s Forever Tour Grades: K-12
Length: 60 minutes     Grades: K-12     Group Size: 10-100 Students
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
During an interactive tour of the museum, students learn about the history of the Surf Ballroom, the impact it's had on our community and the role it played in rock 'n roll history. The guided tour includes a walking tour of the building (including backstage access), an exclusive video highlighting the key players of the Surf Ballroom and concludes with a building wide scavenger hunt. Each student will receive a special keepsake after the tour.
Cool Cats Grades: PreK-1
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: K-12     Group Size: 10-50 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Physical Education, Language Arts
In this program, students will learn what museums are and how the Surf Ballroom and Clear Lake played a role in early rock 'n roll. They will also compare life in the 1950s and today through books, songs and movements. Students will conclude this program by learning The Twist and The Hand-Jive!
Buddy, Bopper, Bamba: 2 - 5
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: K-12     Group Size: 10-50 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Physical Education, Language Arts
This program offers unique insight into the lives and careers of Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens. Students will learn about each artist, their impact on music and their ties to the Surf Ballroom and our community. Students will also get the chance to step into the role of each artist as they play cardboard drums like Buddy, sing into a microphone like The Bopper and dance to La Bamba like Ritchie.
Rock 'n Roll 101 Grades: 4-12
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: K-12     Group Size: 10-50 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Physical Education, Language Arts
This program offers unique insight into the lives and careers of Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens. Students will learn about each artist, their impact on music and their ties to the Surf Ballroom and our community. Students will also get the chance to step into the role of each artist as they play cardboard drums like Buddy, sing into a microphone like The Bopper and dance to La Bamba like Ritchie.
Rock n’ Roll Instrument Trunk
The Surf Ballroom's new Instrument Trunk program gives area teachers the opportunity to "check out" a themed box of instruments to use in the classroom for two weeks. Students can hold and play the instruments, learn about the science of sound and explore the history of various genres of music. Each trunk includes a Teacher's Guide and lesson plans to support the contents of the trunk. In-class experiences can then be brought to life with a visit to the Surf Ballroom and Museum to learn more about the instruments, their history and important players from the past to the present. Students feel that early Rock 'n Roll sound with an electric guitar, bass and drum.

Building Blocks of Music

Active Listening
Active Listening Activities for K-12! It’s not often we have the opportunity to really take the time to listen. These guided active listening activities are a great way to exercise our listening skills and develop our musical ear. Have fun and get inspired with everyday objects, nature sounds, and of course- music!
Rhythm & Time
Rhythm is all around us. From our heartbeat to ocean waves, rhythm is one of the first things we experience. These guided activities are a fun way to explore different rhythm patterns through movement and active listening!
Volume & Pitch
Explore the science of sound by learning all about sound-waves, frequency, intensity and more! Put your knowledge to action with fun activities and experiments that you can do almost anywhere!
Classroom Bucket Drumming
Join Professor Anthony Stevens as he teaches the history, form, and techniques in the art of bucket drumming!
Dancing Through the Decades
 

Questions? Please contact our Education Coordinator:

Nikki Foss

Education Coordinator