Music performances can send very strong messages. Young musicians can be taught not only to perform at concerts and music festivals, but to take a leadership in their school community through the arts. School issues such as bullying, disrespect, drugs, or drop out rate can be addressed through youth music project.
- What are they talking about
- What are their needs
- What would they like to see different in the school
- What would you like to see different in your one students
Connecting Music and Art
My students and I have been discussing different ideas to stop bullying at the school. We prepared a concert which included popular songs (such as Lady Gaga, Born This Way) as well as different multicultural music selections. Our idea was to show that everybody’s differences should be appreciated. Exposing listeners to different music cultures makes students appreciate them more. We were also hoping to send a message that engaging of something creative is better than anger. The concert included different students; from advanced players and “popular kids”to special education students at the school.
To send an even stronger message, the music students prepared very different shirts for the event. They spent time coloring and decorating shirts with art and anti-bullying messages. They expressed their own frustrations of the school climate and wrote it on their shirts. The school principal allowed the students to wear their shirts during the school day for a week.