The 8th grade Choirs spent January exploring the music and history of the Civil Rights Movement, leading up to a special celebratory Resource Rehearsal in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I am proud of the maturity with which the singers approached this important topic. Each class had excellent discussions and learned important songs from the movement. We used the PBS documentary film Soundtrack to a Revolution, mini-lectures, writing, and class discussion throughout the unit.
Here are some discussion questions to guide conversation with your singer about this unit:
  • Why was singing such an important part of the Civil Rights Movement? What role did singing play?
  • What songs did you learn? What did they mean?
  • Which song was your favorite to sing? What did you like about it?
  • Which protest was most interesting to learn about? What was the impact of it?
  • Why is it important to learn about this history and these songs? What does it teach us?
  • How does this history apply to our world/country/community today?

The next 8th grade Choir concert is Classic Hits – Tuesday, March 22nd at Einstein.

This concert will begin at 7:30, singers should arrive by 7:10.