America's Musical Journey - DuPage Children's Museum | Film Field Trips

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America's Musical Journey

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, America’s Musical Journey celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America. Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales where America’s music was born—iconic cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more—and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today.


A MacGillivray Freeman Film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres, produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Air Canada

Educational Activities that Engage


America’s Musical Journey Educator Guide supports national Common Core ELA standards and C3 social studies standards. This guide focuses on the significant historic and cultural movements in American music highlighted by the film, as well as language arts, geography, math, and fine arts


Lessons challenge students to learn through In addition to eight (8) ELA and Social Studies lessons, educators will find two (2) additional Science Extension lessons which connect America’s Musical Journey to math and the science of sound.


DCM Recommends: 

Making a Musical Instrument (grades K–1)

Students will create a shaker percussion instrument by filling a toilet paper roll with material, capping each side, decorating it, and shaking it back and forth. 

Explore experiential modeling, investigating claims, forming theories, and testing ideas.

Extend the Learning

Add A STEM with DCM Lab

Elementary educators can extend learning and promote critical thinking through hands-on discovery by booking ARTS & STEM with DCM Labs facilitated by Museum educators – providing academic enrichment that is fun for students and easy for teachers. Labs span 45 minutes.

If we could see sound, what would it look like? What are sound waves and where do they come from? Conduct hands-on experiments during Sound All Around that resonate with these questions. Learn More!

Let’s make some noise during Music Makers! Design, engineer, and create your own fantastical musical instruments during this one-of-a-kind instrument making lab. Learn More!

Book A Virtual Film Field Trip Today!

Virtual Film Field Trip includes:


  • One, 40 Minute MacGillivray Freeman film (made for IMAX® and giant screen theatres)
  • Educator Guides with resources to guide content, discussion, and activities 
  • Detailed lesson plans for hands-on activities  
  • Each activity is 20–40 minutes
  • Experiences that equate to more than a week’s worth of science education!

Cost: $165 per classroom
(up to 30 students)


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