Music is a cultural act and artifact. Music learning, thus, should engage with music in a culturally sensitive and exploratory manner. As an elementary general music teacher, I was interested in helping students engage in cultural studies and self-exploration in music class (along with developing musical skills and understandings related to musical dimensions such as rhythm, melody, form, texture, etc.). During my studies at Northwestern University, I developed a music curriculum to help students come to know culture and themselves through music. Below, you will find the proposed curriculum document and examples of the final "concerts" students developed (many arrangements were crafted by and with students).
2012 concert: "This Can Be"
2013: "The Story of Us"
The sound in your mind is the first sound that you could sing" - Jack Kerouac