NAfME Discussion Guides for “Respect” Now Available

Jennifer Hudson portrays Aretha Franklin in the current hit film “Respect.” Working in partnership with One Community and In Session Talks, NAfME’s team of subject matter experts created 15 discussion guides and lesson plans for music programs for middle and high school students to accompany the film. 

View the videos and download the discussion guides

Through a series of online master classes with celebrated performers, composers, music industry professionals, and high-achieving women of color, this initiative aims to close the equity gap for racially minoritized youth from historically excluded communities by creating educational and inspiring content supporting music education, broadening the horizons and aspirations for young people, and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders. 

Each master class video is accompanied by a discussion guide that provides questions for facilitating conversations in classrooms and groups. 

Discussion guide topics and featured artists include:
Always Keep at It – Jennifer Hudson
Recording a Song – Damien Sneed, Thai Long Ly, Idania Valencia
Move in Fearlessness – Bryan-Michael Cox
Engineering Artistry – Thai Long Ly
Your Voice Is an Instrument – Lalah Hathaway
You Have to Work Hard – Harvey Mason, Jr.
Everything You’re Learning Has a Purpose – Damien Sneed
The Final Polish – Idania Valencia
The History of Funk – Dr. Scot Brown
Know Your Craft – Kris Bowers
Want It All – Bonnie Berry Lamon
Education and Exploration – Kam Franklin
The Power of Passion and Preparedness – Stephen Hill
Be a Boss – Jessica Rodriguez
Pave Your Own Way – Syreeta P. Butler
Be Brave – Tina Farris

NAfME would like to thank the following subject matter experts for their contributions to this initiative: 
Dr. Mackie Spradley
Dr. Georgiary Bledsoe
Dr. Sonya White Hope
Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds
Dee Spencer