How can music promote a message of peace and freedom?
This week, all students will have the opportunity to explore this question and learn music with these themes. While all the songs we will be studying this week was made popular by American artists, they reflect a varied tapestry of American experiences. From the music of black spirituals sung in the times of slavery to contemporary anthems decrying global concerns, students will be introduced to a plethora of music sending powerful messages.
Last week, 2nd and 3rd graders began this exploration by identifying ways in which the world can improve. They talked about grand humanitarian issues such as hunger and homelessness, global concerns such as damages to the environment, and more personal matters like poor relationships between family and friends. All of these, we agreed, are important obstacles to overcome as we work to make the world a better place. Now it is our turn to lend our voices to humanity's chorus in a single refrain: We shall overcome someday!