Music for Unity and Social Change
In January, students at Fall Creek and Beverly J. Martin elementary schools learned how the power of music can inspire diversity and the embracing of differences.
Members of the Honey Child Soul Quintet have been working with 4th and 5th graders during weekly workshops that tie world music, movement, and mindfulness into their social studies curriculum.
The Music for Unity and Social Chance program kicked off with assemblies at both schools, which were open to all students. During the assemblies, the quintet performed songs from around the world as well as original pieces on subjects like democracy and respect for self and others.
Members also spoke about their commitment to education, joy, passion, and resilience. Each member of the quintet has a diverse background and unique experience.
Then, members Elisa Sciscioli and Harmony Malone held workshops that will culminate with a February celebration. The 4th and 5th grade classes, backed by the Honey Child Soul Quintet, will perform several musical selections for the rest of the school.
The workshops help students learn more about diversity, human rights, respect for self and others, and respect for the environment, Sciscioli said.
Previously, the Honey Child Soul Quintet has presented the program in Trumansburg and Lansing schools and at BOCES arts educator conferences. The group also performs multicultural music at churches and community benefits.
Music for Unity and Social Change was funded at both Fall Creek and Beverly J. Martin by grants from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).