Overview

The lessons in this collection encourage the development of social and emotional skills, including self-awareness and self-reflection, healthy decision making, self-care, navigating intense emotions, and cultivating good citizenship. By listening to the work of artists such as Beyoncé, Alessia Cara, the Grateful Dead, Charlie Puth and Whiz Khalifa, Tori Kelly, Chance the Rapper, Alan Jackson, and the Black Eyed Peas, students are inspired to discuss the role of community in personal development, the value of community service, the pitfalls of fame, how to navigate issues of identity, disability, new experiences, peer pressure, leadership, teamwork, grief, addiction, mourning, and coping with loss.

Lessons

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“Here”: Managing Peer Pressure and Anxiety

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Emotional Learning
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Fame and Judgement in “Funny”

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
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Negotiating Native Identity through Art, Poetry and Music

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Art, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/History
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“See You Again”: How We Mourn with Music

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Emotional Learning
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Celebrating Community with Art and Poetry (Elementary School Version)

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Art, Social Emotional Learning
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The Leadership Skills of a Music Producer

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: CTE, Social Emotional Learning
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9/11: Country Music Responds

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/History
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Muddy Waters, the New Kid in Town

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/History
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The Teamwork Behind the Beatles (Elementary Version)

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: CTE, Social Emotional Learning
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Jerry Garcia, Addiction, and Intervention

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Emotional Learning
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Feeling the Vibrations

Grades: Elementary, Middle
Subjects: Social Emotional Learning, STEAM
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Art, Music, and the AIDS Epidemic

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Art, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/History