Module 19: Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music Grades K-12

Overview

Welcome to Module 19:  Developing Empathy and Understanding through World Music Grades K-12.  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 Presentation Chart will give you an entire overview of the module (available under Downloads).

Click here for an Introduction to Module 19.

Planning your professional learning (Content Outlines)

The following outlines can be used to break down your professional learning. These are all available under Downloads.

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. Click here for a video that explains the elements of music.

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. Click here to learn more about the “Music and Empathy Connection”.

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.

Research

In the Research document you will find web and book resources under Downloads.

Standards

Read about the Music standards in the Standards document under Downloads.

Credits

  • Aaron Bryan  Arts in Education Director, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, 1111 Van Ness Avenue Fresno, CA 93721
  • Pauline Crooks – Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111

Other Education and Arts Contributors

  • Jonathan Parker, Schools Program Director, Center for World Music, San Diego
  • Nomsa Burkhardt, Teaching Artist, Center for World Music, San Diego
  • Máirtín de Cógáin, Teaching Artist, Center for World Music, San Diego
  • Claudia Lyra, Teaching Artist, Center for World Music, San Diego
  • Stefanie Schmitz, Teaching Artist, Center for World Music, San Diego

Participating Schools

Caruthers High School                                                                                              
Caruthers Unified School District
Caruthers, CA
Principal: Mark Fowler
Teacher: Richard Hembree

Correia Middle School
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego, CA
Principal: Jonathan McDade
Teachers:  Mark Dwyer, Chris White

Highland Ranch Elementary School
Poway Unified School District
San Diego, CA
Principal: Cindy Venolia
Teachers: Jana McGurrell, Teri Thomas, Erika Valente, Nancy Vara

Riverdale Elementary School
Riverdale Joint Unified School District
Riverdale, CA
Principal: Chris Stilson
Teachers: Phil Gessert, Cameron Mendez

San Marcos High School
San Marcos Unified School District
San Marcos, CA
Principal: Adam Dawson
Teacher: Matthew Armstrong

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