RESPECT Film Discussion Guides

Jennifer Hudson portrays Aretha Franklin in the current hit film “Respect.” Working in partnership with One Community and In Session Talks, NAfME’s team of subject matter experts created 15 discussion guides and lesson plans for music programs for middle and high school students to accompany the film.

Through a series of online master classes with celebrated performers, composers, music industry professionals, and high-achieving women of color, this initiative aims to close the equity gap for racially minoritized youth from historically excluded communities by creating educational and inspiring content supporting music education, broadening the horizons and aspirations for young people, and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders.

The downloadable guides coordinated by NAfME provide questions for facilitating conversations on various topics in classrooms and groups. Scroll down for topics and artists. 

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NAfME would like to thank the following subject matter experts for their contributions to this initiative:

  • Dr. Mackie Spradley
  • Dr. Georgiary Bledsoe
  • Dr. Sonya White Hope
  • Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds
  • Dee Spencer

Discussion guide topics and featured artists include:

  • Always Keep at It – Jennifer Hudson
  • Recording a Song – Damien Sneed, Thai Long Ly, Idania Valencia
  • Move in Fearlessness – Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Engineering Artistry – Thai Long Ly
  • Your Voice Is an Instrument – Lalah Hathaway
  • You Have to Work Hard – Harvey Mason, Jr.
  • Everything You’re Learning Has a Purpose – Damien Sneed
  • The Final Polish – Idania Valencia
  • The History of Funk – Dr. Scot Brown
  • Know Your Craft – Kris Bowers
  • Want It All – Bonnie Berry Lamon
  • Education and Exploration – Kam Franklin
  • The Power of Passion and Preparedness – Stephen Hill
  • Be a Boss – Jessica Rodriguez
  • Pave Your Own Way – Syreeta P. Butler
  • Be Brave – Tina Farris