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!! 

Reflections | Songs, Lyric Poems | Presentations of Learning | Music Production & Composition

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: 

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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.

Donate1To DONATE by check, please contact: roofriendsmusicboosters@gmail.com.

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). 

“Give the Gift of Music” Day 2 Tally: $2,575

$2,075 (Square) + $500 (Check)

Our RMS Music 2021-2022 Fundraiser GOAL is $5000.

4.13.22 | How Your Donations Influence RMS Music Students.

4.14.22 | Student Spotlight: RMS San Diego Symphony YPC Student Speakers.

THANKS for SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION at ROOSEVELT IB MS!!

SAVE the DATE for the RMS MUSIC SPRING CONCERT!!

April 28, 2022, 6:00 PM, RMS Auditorium.

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