STAND UP! SPEAK OUT! on Bias & Bullying is a music-based program designed to support anti-bullying education and foster a more positive learning environment by promoting ally building, bias awareness, and bystander empowerment. A highly regarded anti-bullying educator, presenter Susan Goodman is also an accomplished saxophonist-singer-songwriter. Her eclectic blend of jazz, pop, Latin and Afro-beat influenced original songs open ears and minds of even the savviest young listeners. Her compelling lyrics shine a light on the spectrum of bias and the myths of stereotypes, as they celebrate the courage and compassion it takes to refuse to be a silent bystander, to speak out and make a difference, to be kind and respectful of all unique identities in our school communities. Interactive songs open dialogues on bias and bullying with students K-12, with distinct programs tailored for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Catchy rhythms and rhymes help students internalize key concepts captured in unforgettable phrases: Step Up to the Plate, Do the Right Thing, Say You'll Be an Ally, Think Before You Speak, Speak Out for Me, Don’t Take the Bait. Accompanying study guides and music CDs for classroom use deepen the discussion on bias and bullying, ensuring ongoing listening and learning, long after this engaging assembly program ends. -Based
Why Music-Based Learning?
Programs are modified to be age-appropriate for a wide range of audiences, including:
- Music engages students with different learning styles
- Music enhances listening and literacy skills
- Music reduces stress that inhibits learning
- Music opens hearts and minds
- K-12 Assembly Programs
- Professional Development for teachers, staff, and parents
- College and community audiences
Susan's Stand Up! Speak Out! lyrics are included in:
Stand Up! Speak Out! supports Core Curriculum Standards for
- The New Jersey Bar Foundation's Anti-Bullying Curriculum
- New Jersey Department of Holocaust-Genocide Education Curriculum
- Character Education
- Diversity Acceptance/Bias Awareness/Prejudice Reduction
- Holocaust-Genocide Education
- Performing Arts
Hear sample programs:
- Grades K - 3
- Grades 4 - 6
- Grades 7-9
- High School and College Students
Susan uses wireless mics and moves around the room as she plays, sings, and talks with students, engaging students throughout the room, and giving everyone an opportunity to participate. She provides her own professional sound system and requires only a power outlet and adequate space for set-up. The program is modified to be age appropriate for a wide range of audienes.
Solo: Susan sings, plays tenor and soprano saxophones and flute "live," accompanied by studio recordings of instrumental tracks and background vocals. Excellent audio quality (sounds "just like the CD"). This format is most popular for school assemblies
Stand Up! Speak Out! Band: For larger venues and special events, Susan brings an exceptional rhythm section and back-up vocalists--up to 10 pieces--for a a very special live music experience
Collaborate Songwriting Workshops & Residencies:
Literacy meets Self-Expression meets Democracy meets Music!
A Collaborative Songwriting
Residency is a challenging, creative, and rewarding way to integrate the arts in education and explore any subject across-the-curriculum through songwriting!
Students learn as much about collaboration as they do about songwriting, a skill that is in great demand in the real world!