Welcome to the New Neighbors Project Curriculum. This series of lessons explores the connections between music and identity by using the musics of a wide variety of refugee communities living in Vermont. These musical examples serve as a vehicle to engage students in a series of discussions not only about music but also about identity.
The goal is to give students tools to listen to and describe music without personal judgement and then look beyond the differences to see how people from all parts of the world use music in similar ways to find connections with others and develop their own sense of cultural and personal identity.
The curriculum was developed with middle and high school music teachers in mind but may also be easily adapted for use in elementary school classrooms and is also very well suited for integration with social studies classes. Below is specific information about using the curriculum in these settings.
– Elizabeth Nolan, curriculum writer