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. This module was developed by San Diego County Office of Education and Fresno County Superintendent of Schools in partnership with the Center for World Music.
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.
In the Research document you will find web and book resources under Downloads.
Read about the Music standards in the Standards document under Downloads.
- 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
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Teacher: Richard Hembree
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Teachers: Mark Dwyer, Chris White
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