NAfME Teaching with Primary Sources Curriculum Units for the 2014 Music Standards 

Music has been used to influence and inform others of various opinions. Often when we think of music as a form of social awareness to express ideas about war/peace and social injustice, we think of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. This unit explores these issues from an earlier era, the 1800–1940s. They include topics of war (the American Civil War and World War I ), social injustice (the fight for suffrage and the movement to end slavery), and peace (before and after a war). 

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  • Standards

Resource Type

  • Classroom Resource
  • Curriculum
  • Publication
  • Teaching Guide
  • Teaching Tip / Idea


  • General Music

Teaching Level

  • Junior/Middle School

Year Added


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