Created for students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities, MeMA-Music’s program aims to inspire in youth the message that they can become successful global citizens, with a positive vision of the future.

Who We Are

MeMA-Music (Motivate and Encourage Music Appreciation) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization founded by 20-year music industry professional, Jeanne Warsaw-Gazga.  Designed for Educators, MeMA-Music offers a comprehensive global education framework, uniquely tailored for teacher’s to seamlessly integrate art, music, social studies, technology, civics instruction, and social-emotional learning into the regular curriculum for middle and high school students.  


MeMA-Music reaches 300-500 students each year from low-income neighborhoods in and around Chicago.

We Get Press

MeMA-Music has been recognized locally by WGN-TV,  WGN-RadioFox TV, DNA-Info, JUF News, WBEZ radio, The Highland Park Landmark and Patch, and BrEpic Communications, for our success in providing schools with unique, creative and engaging programs focusing on real-world issues.

Empowers Youth

We seek to present modern questions and dialogue of what responsibilities we have individually and socially regarding students’ personal growth and education in the 21st-Century. Students learn to cultivate civic skills to speak up and believe what they say matters.  Students learn essential knowledge and skills that include the ability to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, make informed judgments, build a sense of shared responsibility and teamwork, develop empathy skills, appreciate different cultures, and recognize the importance of civic engagement.

Creatively Engages Students

MeMA’s program encourages interest and enthusiasm for learning subject content without the use of a textbook. Students learn from music recordings of the most legendary, critically-acclaimed songs of the ’60s and ’70s folk, gospel, R&B, rock, hip-hop and blues recording artists, and watch related video clips connected to inequities, both in the US and around the world, examining how this music played an essential role in generating and sustaining peace and social-movement campaigns.  Current songs that address the same issues and themes is included for comparison and analysis in today’s world. Students critically analyze issues such as race and the struggle for equality; political, cultural, and economic social systems.

Dynamic Culminating Event

The culminating event of the MeMA-Music program requires students to undertake immersive research on a current social issue of their choice, or based on their own life experiences, which in the past has included subjects such as bullying, racial and religious discrimination, gangs, gun control, animal abuse, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and suicide, as well as many other topics. Students submit final projects through arts-infused sources including, songwriting, spoken word, poetry, digital media/film, live performances, dramatic skits, and artwork.

For CPS Schools

FOR CPS (CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS) EDUCATORS:  Our organization has been selected as highly qualified in the area of arts-integrated curricula.  Vetted by a team of evaluators at CPS Central Office, we are now included in Board Report 13-250080, giving clearance to pre-negotiated in-school arts education services without requiring further approval beyond a task-order. You can see our offerings in your knowledge center by following this link: http://www.cps.edu/strategicsource.