Social Music: Gathering Humanity through Song and Sound - featuring Jon Batiste

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Mon, May 17, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


From the roots of slavery to current-day rallies, humankind have witnessed injustices that have plagued ‘civilized’ communities since the beginning of time. Laments of rage have led to music that have fostered expressions of justice, highlighting paths toward lasting legacies. Melodious jubiliees and sorrow songs, formulate many of today’s familiar spirituals. From the underground to the picket line, from farce to parody, from rogue to rap, music harbors resilience.


Join Jon Batiste as he breaks down the consciousness-raising musical elements that have influenced necessary expression.  Inspiration, improvisation, chants, and circle songs.



Live music, analysis and discussion.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will demonstrate the musical attributes connected to release and the expression of needs surrounding circumstances resulting from historical injustices
  2. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of chants, labor songs, jubilees and ritual music that provides structure for peaceful resistance
  3. Participants will show how rhythm and repetition present grounding prerequisites for the expression of vocal improvisation indicating the unique needs of oppression 


Course Schedule and Format:
The 2 hours will include a study of past history where inequities have existed and injustices have been expressed: war, resistance, diaspora, slavery and their impact on blues, jazz, reggae, hip hop and spirituals that have resulted as distinct genres of human expression will be performed. Attendee participation will be invited and individual presentations will reinforce how these genres provide platforms for self-expression in treating and offering provisions for appropriate contexts inclusive of musical outlets in the treatment of mental health and disease. 


Cancellation Policy:

All refund and cancellation requests must be emailed to by May 13th, 2021. Cancellations after this date are not eligible for a refund. An administrative fee of $10 will be deducted from your refund.



The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners to award 2 hours as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creativ arts therapists. #CAT-0061



The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is recognized by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) to award 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, #P-111, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.


Pre-requisites: None 

Qualifications and credentials: Open to professionals and students


This event will be held on Zoom. Meeting ID and Password will be provided upon registration for event.





$25 Student
$35 Professional


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