Links to Oniline Curricula and Lesson Plans utilizing Music to teach the Holocaust
Online Holocaust Education Resources Utilizing Music:
There exists a substantial number of websites and online resources which approach Holocaust education utilizing music. These online resources are listed and linked to this page. Notes are included for each web resource indicating the type/genre of music used and the purpose for including music in the lesson/curricula, to the extent such could be determined.
In the field of general education, there is substantial literature supporting the use of music in the classroom. Experts in the fields of musicology and psychology have documented the effective use of music in teaching history, social justice/responsibility, tolerance and empathy.
Research supports the conclusion that music used in the context of Holocaust education has value across a broad spectrum of goals. “Holocaust-specific” goals may include using music to foster an understanding of the unique historical facts of the Holocaust, or creating a relationship and empathy between students and victims of the Holocaust. Music in Holocaust education can serve more universal purposes as well, such as helping students become good global citizens through an appreciation of the role of diversity, and by fostering understanding about how marginalization and oppression of the “other” can affect society in negative ways. This conclusion is supported by experts in the field of Holocaust education.
Among the musical genres that can be used in Holocaust studies, there is a vast repertoire of Jewish music composed in the camps and ghettos during the Holocaust, as well as an increasing body of “Holocaust memorial music” composed by survivors and contemporary composers. These substantial bodies of music can be used in a variety of ways to enhance a student’s educational experience in learning about the Holocaust.
The materials on this site are intended for use by educators and others interested in the subject. It is my hope that this resource will allow educatorsto to explore music related Holocaust lessons and curricula, and provide materials for introducing music into Holocaust education.
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