Connecting the American Civil Rights Movement with Music of the South Africa

Recently, after doing a week of music classes on music honoring or about Martin Luther King, (see related post here), I realized that songs sung by civil rights protesters in South Africa bore a striking resemblance to those used in the American civil rights movement. I planned music lessons around a few of those songs, … Continue reading Connecting the American Civil Rights Movement with Music of the South Africa

Expressive Intent and Student Opinion

Expressive intent is an important element in the new core arts standards for music. Under the standards, students determine the expressive intent of the composer, and how the composer uses musical elements to achieve that intent. Students also determine how they will use musical elements to express both the composer's and their own intent. When … Continue reading Expressive Intent and Student Opinion

Songs for Martin Luther King, Jr.

In another week's time, American schools will take a day on January 19th to honor Martin Luther King and his work toward achieving equality for African Americans in American society. The holiday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January each year. The holiday was first celebrated in 1986. At first, … Continue reading Songs for Martin Luther King, Jr.