Music From the Past Inspiring Youth of the Future
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 1960s and 1970s, to present-day protests for social justice.
- REAL-WORLD LEARNING
Students today are more connected and informed than any other generation in history. They are exposed to topics such as racism, gender bias, hate crimes, suicide, abuse, police shootings, immigration, fake news, political scandals, and much more. 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!
- STUDENT VOICE
MeMA’s pedagogical approach presents questions, in a safe environment, to stimulate students’ dialogue about past and contemporary issues, while respecting student’s 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 1960s, 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
Studying history can provide students with insight into their own culture, and also cultures they may not be familiar with. This increases cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Students study historical figures who provide lessons in; humility, courage, wisdom, perseverance, constructive protest, understanding the meaning of civil and human rights, knowing how an individual’s thoughts and behaviors can impact society and—most important—hope. Students learn about 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.