Music has a unique and powerful way of bringing people together. It allows for emotions to be celebrated and shared, and opens the door for understanding. Schools who encourage diversity value music. They know that music is relatable, regardless of the language spoken or the genre of the song. Students build connections with others and their backgrounds through the mutual experience of music. And, more importantly, students develop empathy through music. Empathy is something students struggle to learn, but is an invaluable skill once acquired. When students can put themselves in another’s place, respect flourishes. Where there is respect, learning can take place unabashed.
Using music to expand the horizons of students is a great way to introduce and support diversity in schools and classrooms. How can music be incorporated into your school, your classroom, and your lessons?
Check out these websites for some fantastic ideas and information:
- http://www.songsforteaching.com/diversitymulticulturalism.htm (nice list of multicultural songs that could be used in lessons)
- http://www.artistshousemusic.org/articles/thinking+globally+acting+locally+cultural+diversity+in+music+education (great ideas for classroom use)
- http://musicinschoolstoday.org/programs (group that goes to schools celebrating diversity through music with students, very interactive and cool)
- http://www.buildingbridgeswithmusic.org/ (non-profit organization promoting tolerance through music. Very cool site, and group could come to your school with an interactive program)
- http://www.songsforteaching.com/songsforpositiveschools/ourmulticulturalschool.php (cool site! songs and lyrics to use in classes to promote positivity and learning through music)
- http://www.musicandlearning.com/session_details.cfm?ID=110 (course for teachers that shows you how to incorporate music into any lesson. Very cool)
- http://www.globalkidsoz.com.au/multicultural_music.php (great article about using music to facilitate multiculturalism, great ideas for classroom implementation)
- http://songsforteaching.com/index.html (fantastic resource! tips, songlists, references, etc. Takes a few minutes to load, but worth the wait!)
- http://www.teachervision.fen.com/multiculturalism/resource/8388.html (fantastic resource with tons of ideas, links, lessons, and songs for use the classroom. Definitely worth a long look!)
- http://www.worldmusicpress.com/ (music books for use in multicultural classrooms)
- http://www.teachervision.fen.com/music/teacher-resources/6647.html (tons of links for using music to support diversity in the classroom. Great resource!).
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