Music of War, Protest, and Revolution

Dates Available for Exploration

  • January 28, 2020 at 9:45am

Through the years, composers have drawn their musical inspiration from the events of their time. Music of war, protest, and revolution is charged with emotion. It is exciting, poignant, and timeless.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera will take your students on exciting voyage of musical discovery, an experience that they will carry back into the classroom to enhance discussions and deepen their thinking.

This concert will focus on music written in response to social and historical events in four different centuries: a 16th century freedom movement, an 18th century job walkout, the War of 1812 and Napoleon, and the 20th century Civil Rights movement. All schools and home-schools attending receive accompanying lesson plans and slideshow.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, American History, Modern World History, Contemporary World Issues, Music, Art

This performance will take place at the Dayton Masonic Center (525 W Riverview Avenue; Dayton, OH 45405).

Suggested Standards/Benchmarks:

American History:
Social Transformations in the U.S. (1945-1994)

  • Following World War II, the United States experienced a struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of civil rights.
  • Political debates focused on the extent of the role of government in the economy, environmental protection, social welfare and national security.

Modern World History:
Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)

  • The American and French Revolutions influenced Latin American revolutions for independence.
  • Industrialization had social, political and economic effects on Western Europe and the world.

Imperialism (1800-1914)

  • Imperial expansion had political, economic and social roots.
  • Imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, spread of Western values and direct political control.
  • The consequences of imperialism were viewed differently by the colonizers and the colonized.

Contemporary World Issues
Civil and Human Rights

  • Beliefs about civil and human rights vary among social and governmental systems.
  • Nations and international organizations pursue their own interests on issues related to civil and human rights, resulting in both conflict and cooperation particularly as it relates to injustices against minority groups.

8CE (HS II): Describe how music reflects the social and political events of history and the role of the musician in history and culture.
3RE (HS II): Discuss how the purpose, meaning and value of music changes because of the impact of life experiences.
4RE (HS IV): Develop and apply criteria for evaluating quality and effectiveness of musical performances and compositions.


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