New program combines music, social lessons for CPS students

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Justin Bieber is not likely the person you’d expect to be the focus of a social studies or history lesson. But the pop singer and his antics are charging a very serious discussion for 8th graders at Stone Academy in West Rogers Park.

It’s part of the new MEMA music program wrapping up its second year at the school.

Jeanne Warsaw is the creator of MEMA music: Motivate, encourage, music appreciation – A new non profit organization tasking CPS students to read current events and music lyrics, analyze, discuss and compare.

The mema program stays away from the traditional text books and lets music lead the discussion on everything from history to social injustice.

More info at www.mema-music.org

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