CCSESA Launches New Module: Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music Grades K-12

CCSESA is pleased to announce the completion of Creativity at the Core Module 19:  Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music, developed by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) in partnership with San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).  Aaron Bryan, Arts Manager for FCSS partnered with Pauline Crooks, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for SDCOE, to develop the lessons, materials, and videos geared for K-12 classrooms. This module will focus on using music as a lens through which we view the historical and cultural connections of people around the world and within our own communities to help students develop empathy and understanding.  The module content includes the following four major areas:

 

Section 1:  The Elements of Music

The purpose is to provide resources for music and general ed classroom teachers to use music to broaden student’s world view. The goal is to reinforce both the need for discipline specific music and arts instruction as well as music and arts integrated instruction to benefit the whole child. Module 19 will explore the lives of people in other parts of the world by introducing students to the music that is part of their daily lives, rituals, and celebrations, while also introducing and reinforcing key music standards.

Section 2:  Empathy and the Elements of Music 

The purpose is to give an overview of empathy and connect empathy to the elements of music used throughout the units of instruction.

Section 3:  Culture and Music   

The purpose of this section is to give an overview of culture from one of the lessons in the Module and connect culture to the elements of music used throughout the units of instruction.

Section 4:  Connecting Empathy, Culture, and the Elements of Music       

The purpose is to connect empathy, culture, and the elements of music used throughout the units of instruction.

Please take time to review all the lessons, videos,and resources developed through a yearlong process that included piloting this work in various districts.  Many thanks to all who contributed to this module.

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