The Musical Dialogue of Peacebuilding: How Music Can be Used as a Tool for Inner and Outer Transformation to Create Peace

Esther Alcamo, Music, Collinswood Language Academy

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


My curriculum unit was written in the context of the 2021 Charlotte Teachers Institute Seminar entitled “Essential Peace: Innovating and Integrating Action Peacebuilding in the Classroom,” led by Patricia Shafer, Senior Fellow for Peace Education, Alliance for Peacebuilding and Executive Director for non-profit NewGen Peacebuilders. This curriculum is focused on Peace Education within the context of the Elementary General Music classroom. Peace Education is also defined as the act of promoting knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to bring about behavior changes that will enable children, youth and adults to prevent conflict and violence, both overt and structural; to resolve conflict peacefully; and to create the conditions conducive to peace, whether at an intrapersonal, interpersonal, intergroup, national or international level. This curriculum unit integrates music, peace and social studies through the study of human rights. Throughout the curriculum unit, music is used thematically to illustrate the concepts being presented, such as music written to depict peace and conflict, as well as music to create a better world. Students will demonstrate their understanding of peace, violence and human rights through creating original musical compositions to showcase their knowledge of peace education.