"Music of the Past, Educating Voices of the Future"


Through our absorbing program, “Voice your Soul,” students examine legendary socially conscious music from the sixties and seventies together with video clips connected to the political and social conditions of the era. Protest music was a powerful cultural, social and economic force in the 1960's; the lyrics offered a rich account of the people and events of the time, and the sacrifices that American heroes made for their country. Sixties music carried over into the early part of the seventies, with soul music taking over from folk music as one of the strongest voices of protest in American music.


Students need creative and real-life lessons to keep them engaged and awake during social studies class. MeMA-Music has successfully accomplished this with our program “Voice Your Soul.” Our culturally responsive teaching approach makes history come alive in the classroom and students love it. The foundation for our approach lies in the theory that using music to teach history and contemporary events is widely effective. MeMA's curriculum helps students relate lesson content to their own life experiences. Learning skills include: Developing students’ multi-cultural understanding, critical and constructive thinking, reasoning and critical judgement, research skills, and challenges students to become civic-minded—which we whole-heartedly feel is an important function of a democratic education.


MeMA’s pedagogical approach presents questions, in a safe environment, to stimulate students’ dialogue about past and contemporary issues, while respecting students perspectives and values. Our program teaches students to examine the fundamental questions of economic and social inequalities, moral values, civic rights & duties and, the quest for peace. Furthermore, learning about the significantly important role youth played in the movements for social change during the 1960’s, students will recognize that there was a time when young people had a strong sense of purpose in life and their voices were heard.