Apr 30 - May 7
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LMS Contemporary Youth Orchestra
I am the music teacher at Lennox Middle School, and while we come from one of the more impoverished areas of Southern California, music is one of the few places where the language you speak at home, how long you have been in this country, or how much money you have don't matter. It's the place where every feels needed and welcome. Unfortunately, over the last 10 years, we have seen our numbers and resources consistently diminish. The goals of our LMS Contemporary Youth Orchestra are to apply our skills and resources to various social issues and gain support for our very unique music program through advocacy.
Through group discussion, the theme of bullying was chosen. Because of its raw energy and aggressive nature, we then chose the song, "Killing in the Name Of," by Rage Against the Machine as our sort of template. After several brainstorming and songwriting sessions, we recorded all the music and vocals live. Next, we discussed the look and theme of our video, then scouted locations around campus. Finally, we shot and edited the video in one day. It was a fun process that we will cherish forever.
The biggest challenge was the songwriting. We wanted to capture the emotion of bullying, but always refer to "us' and "we," to indicate that victims are not alone, and we are all part of the solution.