Holocaust Music Training for Adults
Kindergarten – 12th Grade Teachers
Dr. Freeman works with teachers of all grades and subject areas to create Holocaust lesson plans that use music from the ghettos and concentration camps. Compact disc recordings and sheet music are provided.
Plans are custom-designed to be sensitive to the cognitive and emotional development of the students, and adhere to the 1994 mandated NJ K-12 Holocaust-genocide curriculum.
Music can be a powerful “hook” for helping students to learn challenging topics. The beautiful music composed by children and teenagers in the WWII ghettos and concentration camps can help students connect personally with Holocaust history and lessons of multicultural respect and morality.
The Holocaust lessons reflect the teachers’ professional expertise, and the values and culture of the school. Dr. Freeman brings to the table 30+ years of K-12 teaching experience, which includes:
- Actively listening to the teachers’ ideas and respecting the teachers’ current classroom practices.
- Communicating the joy of meaningful making-music, for music teachers and non-music teachers.
- Writing curriculum that is enduring and meaningful.
- Creating lesson plans that are engaging, informative, include critical/creative thinking, and assessment.
- Building a safe, accepting, and warm teaching environment.
- Helping students to appreciate music that may not be of their own culture.
Public and Private School Administrator
Dr. Freeman collaborates with school administrators to help them update and enrich their Holocaust-genocide studies curriculum through Music and Arts of the Holocaust. Discussion points include:
- The district’s/school’s current practices in Holocaust-genocide studies.
- Designing a Holocaust Curriculum that is articulated smoothly and affectively from elementary school, middle school, and high school. Music and Arts of the Holocaust helps ground the seamless articulation.
- Teacher training that respects the unique talents and strengths of the teachers.
- Promoting teacher collaboration to strengthen an interdisciplinary Curriculum.
- Identifying people and/or traditions in the school’s broader community that would support an Arts-based Holocaust Curriculum.
College Faculty and Students
Dr. Freeman’s passion for Holocaust music is brought to college communities through:
- Presenting guest lecture-recitals for individual classes or for the entire college community.
- Helping to create and/or produce Holocaust Commemoration Programs.
- Facilitating Holocaust music teacher-training workshops to help future educators fulfill Holocaust-genocide state mandates.
- Working with professors on enriching a Holocaust Studies Course with music of the Holocaust.
The music of the WWII ghettos and concentration camps are imbued deeply with spirituality. The lyricists and composers of this poignant music reflect the human condition at its core: Sorrow, hope, longing, courage, and resistance.
Ministers of all faiths and religious traditions can use Holocaust music in their houses of worship to teach tolerance and faith. Dr. Freeman works with clergy to identify and teach pieces of Holocaust music that will enrich their Sacred Community. She can also assist congregations with:
- Creating and producing a Holocaust Commemoration Service
- Arranging music for choirs and instrumentalist.
- Conducting choirs and/or instrumental ensembles.
- Teaching Holocaust music to children.
Dr. Freeman can also present a Holocaust Music Lecture-Recital in your house of worship.