SAMR music example (part 1)

A few weeks ago, I was watching an episode of the excellent PBS program Soundbreaking. I realized that the Beatles’ music is another great way to think about the SAMR model. As Ringo Starr explains, when they recorded their early albums, they basically just went in the studio and recorded what they’d been playing live for audiences. This is a great example of substitution in SAMR because the studio allowed the Beatles to record their music, but it didn’t actually change the music.

Find lessons and teaching materials for the Beatles on Soundbreaking at the PBS Learning Media Site for Indiana. Additional materials are available at, but you’ll need to create a free account.


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