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Grades 9-12 or College Audiences
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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
- Promotes respect for all people, regardless of real or perceived differences, including appearance, ability, race, national origin,
language, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any
other aspect of someone's identity
- Addresses bias of all kinds, from xenophobia to homophobia
- Looks at internet safety (cyber bullying) and respectful dating (date rape) when age-appropriate (presenter will consult with guidance counselor in advance)
- Raises awareness that we choose what role to play: Perpetrator, Collaborator, Silent Bystander, or ALLY
- Promotes courage and compassion to be an Ally , to speak out for one another and make a difference!
Why Music-Based Learning Is Effective?
- Music engages students with different learning styles
- Music enhances listening and literacy skills
- Music reduces stress that inhibits learning
- Music opens hearts and minds
Note: Input from guidance counselors or social workers--on particular issues or concerns that effect your students--is welcome.
A program for Grades 9-12 or College Audiences may include:Bein' Brave:
What's the difference between "snitchin'" and speaking out? Intent! What's your intention?
Speaking out is about Bein' Brave enough to step up to the plate and do the right thing
If someone's in danger, your best friend or a total stranger
You've got to pull back the curtain, get the truth out, stop the hurtin'
You've got to step up to the plate, or you're a cold collaborator backin' up the perpetrator
Is that who you want to be?
Think Before You Speak:
Don't diss my identity like it's an obscenity
Your right to free speech has limits that end with me, and my right to safety & civility
Prejudice Is the Enemy:
Prejudice is the enemy of us all... so beware of stereotypes, the casting of blame
The innocent jokes that secretly tell you that most of the people in one group are really the same
Prejudice is prejudice, xenophobe, or homophobe, or member of the Klan
Ignorance breeds hate and fear of different kinds of people we don't understand
Straight boy, straight girl, say you'll be an Ally
Cyber Sniper deals in cowardly fare, talkin' trash, talkin' mean, while you hide behind a screen somewhere
It's a Mean Girls kind of game, taking pleasure in my pain, have the courage not to play
No matter how you feel (ticked off, led on, ripped off) there's nothing that she owes to you!
If she doesn't say YES, then the answer is NO
Compassion (in English and Spanish): Do you feel me? Do you feel my pain?
Do you feel nothing when I'm suffering? Don't stand by and turn a blind eye. Where's your humanity?
Live Out Loud:
No matter who you are, you ought to be proud, to live your life out loud...
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you, I came to Live Out Loud!