A Performance in the Big Apple: Big Apple / House of Peace Synagogue

Property: The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201 

Historic Content 

The House of Peace Synagogue was built in 1907-1909 and located 100 yards to the south at 1318 Park Street. This building was sold in 1936, and shortly thereafter became a popular African American nightclub known as The Big Apple Club. A dance by this name originated here and soon swept the country. It is immortalized in the Tommy Dorsey song, "The Big Apple." The building was moved to its present location in 1984. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. The students will read and perform notation for quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes using rhythmic syllables. 

2. The students will improvise rhythmic question-and-answer patterns. 

3. The students will improvise 4 beat rhythmic variations in small group circle games. 

4. The student will make a historical connection with the House of Peace Synagogue and improvisation. 


Marlin T. Ketter
Organization Affiliation
South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation &West Hartsville Elementary School, Darlington County School District
1 class period (Extended instruction 2-3 class periods)
Grade Level
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