Find Freedom Songs in QuaverMusic

Utilize QuaverMusic’s Freedom Songs during Black History Month!

This blog is sponsored by NAfME Corporate Member QuaverMusic.

QuaverMusic is proud to provide a collection of Freedom Songs for use in music classrooms across the country and around the world!

As an online curriculum, QuaverMusic is always growing and adding new resources and tools. One of the most notable and recent additions to QuaverMusic are the Freedom Songs that highlight the gospel music genre.

Inside QuaverMusic, teachers will find a collection of six Freedom Songs that accompany lessons, activities, interviews, and interactives to engage today’s students with a uniquely American musical style.

Freedom Songs

This interactive activity allows students to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Gospel music offers more than a shared history,” said Creative Director Otto Gross. “The genre is an important part of music education, especially as an example of the way music itself is heard and reflected back in notes, songs, rhythms, and beats.”

The genre, and the Freedom Songs collection, showcases the musical skill set of improvisation and invites students to do more than learn more about a culture. Each song in the collection is a part of a structured and engaged music lesson that allows students the opportunity to experience the richness of each song.

Gross continued, “As a curriculum, we’ve always wanted diversity in our resources. It’s important for students to see themselves in the songs they sing. It is also important that QuaverMusic present these songs as authentically as possible and showcase their place in musical history. We’ve set out to create an experience for students to step into the moment these songs would have been sung.”

Find one of the six Freedom Songs, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” on QuaverEd’s Youtube Channel. Originating as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in the 1900s, “Lift E’vry Voice and Sing” emphasizes the struggle of African Americans and serves as a rally cry to hope for a more promising future.

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

Students can better understand the music by watching video interviews.


To take full advantage of these Freedom Songs, QuaverMusic is providing a FREE 30-day preview of the entire curriculum! Click here to access your free preview:


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