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After School Program


The Sound of Social Change: How Music Integrates Society

The six-week after-school workshop series, The Sound of Social Change: How Music Integrates Society is an interactive language arts, music and theater appreciation program facilitated by professional teaching artists and guest speakers.

Looking at the lives and work of music pioneers like Ray Charles, Berry Gordy, and Stevie Wonder, as well as Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, the program will explore cultural and racial impacts on American popular music, and music’s ability to break down barriers and stereotypes, influence social change and integrate society.

15 in-person spots and 15 virtual spots are available for interested middle and high school students (please specify how you would like to attend, though you may switch if space allows). Participation is free, and will include a showing of a movie, guest speakers and an exclusive virtual class with Kenny Brawner, star of the show Ray on My Mind, The Ray Charles Story.

The program runs from March 8, 2021 to April 14, 2021 on Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Students can expect to:

  • Learn about the music and careers of prominent American music artists
  • Meet with guest speakers and artists from various fields
  • Examine notions of civil rights, social activism, representation, and the unifying power of music
  • Work on homework and assignments and enjoy a provided snack each in-person session
  • Create a final project, which they will present at the last class

For more information and to register, please email Peggy Terhune at [email protected]


The Sound of Social Change is a grant-funded program sponsored by the American Savings Foundation.


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