How Can Music Be Used to Fight Against Oppression & Injustice?
For their Project Based Learning (PBL) entry in the College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) Innovation Showcase 2021, Mr. Elias Kocivar’s 6th Grade Music students teamed up with students in Ms. Vinnard’s (Science) and Mr. Mosler’s (Individuals & Societies) classes.
Their collaborative effort, “The Sound of Dissent: Protest Music Throughout History,” resulted in a 1st Place WIN in the CCTE Middle School category!!
In Music classes, Students explored protest music in societal and cultural movements throughout U.S. History, and how the disenfranchised used music to promote their point of view. Students were encouraged to imagine themselves as artists addressing injustice and inequality, hoping that their work would draw attention to an issue and peacefully inspire change. Like professional musicians, students identified an issue, and then composed, recorded and promoted their own original protest songs. Following are songs written and composed by then 6th Grade Music Students:
- “Gender Equality” by Anthony Agoh & Charlie Dar.
- “World Hunger” by Camila Hernandez ft. Sofia Buby.
- “Pollution” by Madison McNamara.
- “Equality” by Katya Shelby & Alejandra Sanchez Martell.
Although not all students played a musical instrument or were trained in music theory, they were empowered to create their own original music compositions by using digital music software and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboards in the RMS Digital Music Lab.
The “Give the Gift of Music” 2022 campaign aims to upgrade each computer in the RMS Digital Music Lab so that students can continue to create music.
Resources for 6th Grade Music and Digital Music Classes:
- $20: 1 set of headphones.
- $50: 1 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboard.
- $100: 2 computer upgrades (35 computers, Music Lab).
- $200-$300: Professional Songwriting Workshops, Guest Speakers/ Visiting Artists.
- $650: Music Software (subscription).
$2,075 (Square) + $500 (Check)