Music From The Past, Inspiring Youth Of The Future
WHO WE ARE
MeMA-Music (Motivate and Encourage, Music Appreciation) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit education organization. We provide schools with a collaborative global education framework for integrating the Arts, including the National and State Standards and Common Core—English Language Arts, Social Science, Fine Arts and Technology, with an emphasis in Civics learning and Social Emotional learning, into middle and high school classrooms as part of the regular school day.
Music was a form of social commentary for revolutionary ideas, and emotionally charged songs became a method to oppose the Vietnam War, fight for Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and Voter’s Rights, and a call for peace and support for American soldiers in Vietnam. Learning about our nation’s history through the eyes of poets and songwriters who expressed their anger and frustration through popular music can help students understand how history shapes people’s lives, and the possibility that people can make changes in history.
SEE WHAT WE OFFER
We pride ourselves in developing authentic, engaging, and evidence-based, arts-integrated curriculum units students love! Our main unit,“Voice Your Soul” engages youth by integrating music and arts with social studies, through themes looking at liberation struggles and social justice movements from the 1960’s and 1970’s, to present day protests for social justice.
Students today are more connected and informed than any other generation in history. Through their smartphones, computers, social media outlets, and music videos, they are exposed to topics such as: Racism, gender bias, hate-crimes, suicide, abuse, police shootings, immigration, fake news, political scandals, and much more. It’s nearly impossible to hide this information from them today. So how are students dealing with this information? Do they understand it? Are they afraid to ask questions or talk to their classmates? This is why we developed a curriculum rooted in learning through real-life experiences, in a safe and holistic environment. MeMA’s curriculum helps students connect what’s happening today to the systems and patterns of the past. Our students actually enjoy social studies!
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.
HISTORICAL AWARENESS & EMPATHY
Students study historical figures who provide lessons in; perseverance, courage, constructive protest, understanding the meaning of civil and human rights, and knowing how an individual’s thoughts and behaviors can impact society, i.e. prejudice, bullying, discrimination and recognizing current issues facing the United States and abroad. The foundation for our approach lies in the theory that using music and videos to teach history and contemporary events is widely effective.