Invite people in their 60s to the school and ask them to talk about their memories of the 1950s. Sing to karaoke versions of rock and roll songs.
Read extracts from Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, particularly about "music with rocks in it". Create new names for musical genres - eg "pump jump" (hip-hop), "kitchen" (garage). Read song lyrics as if they were poems. Ask students to write lyrics on similar themes. Describe the drum rhythms in different songs.