Rise Up in Song : Music in Protest

4 class sessions

Wednesdays: July 22nd, July 29th, Aug. 5th, & 12th (12:30pm – 1:45pm)

Virtual MFML Show & Tell :  Saturday, August 15th

**Lectures will be for all ages with separate breakout room discussions for -/+ 18 (recommended for ages 15+)

Course description

Part 2 of a 2-part series – Sessions 1 & 2 each cover new material and can be taken separately or as a continuing course. Engage with music in contemporary protest movements throughout the world by way of guided listening, lecture-discussions, and multimedia prompts. Participants of all artistic disciplines will learn about the historical and cultural contexts and social impacts of this music, using what they learn to inspire their own creative process. With examples drawn from around the world addressing a wide variety of social, political, and environmental issues, we will examine the power of music to inspire movements – and vice versa.

Open to musicians as well as writers, artists of all media, organizers, and anyone interested in the topic of music and protest. Songwriters are especially encouraged to pair this course with the songwriting-focused Protest Like an Artist, available for both youth and adults. Recommended for ages 15+ but open to all ages with parental permission – music & videos featured may include mild use of language and references to violence. Adults and youth will attend the same lecture with chat disabled, and will break out into separate rooms for discussion and interactive activities.

Final Product: Participants have the option to work on a portfolio of pieces in their chosen medium, inspired by course materials and based on creative prompts given in class.

System requirements & Course Materials: Costs: $0

  • Recommend Devices: 1 device for Zoom (smartphone, computer, or tablet)
  • Supplies: Pen & paper or device for note-taking and creative writing, if desired. Instrument or art supplies as chosen by each participant to respond to creative prompts.

Meet your Artist Instructor:

Laura Jorgensen began classical vocal training at age 7 and grew up touring internationally with the Seattle Children’s Chorus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, where she dove into more contemporary and global styles, and wrote and recorded original music with a band of friends. A semester abroad in Athens sparked an interest in Balkan music, which led her to Austin for a Master’s in Ethnomusicology at UT. While in grad school, she taught undergraduate Music & Cultures courses, conducted research and language study in Croatia, and performed in Pakistan with the Sangat! ensemble as part of an exchange program with the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi. Back in Austin, she was first involved with MFML as a guest artist for 2017’s World Music Workshop. She was thrilled to become full-time staff as a band coach the following year, and to join the administration team in 2020.

About MFML Virtual Summer experience:

The Mother Falcon Music Lab is excited to bring our programming online!

With so much to learn and share, we’re ensuring participants are able to stay in the moment and centered on content. Each Artist Instructor is supported by an additional instructor in the zoom room to monitor needs, helping to field questions and assist with technical issues.

For youth, we are offering a virtual Chill Room – a spot where you can play a game, relax from class or talk anything out with Mr. Michael! For adults, we are offering a group forum where you can post up questions and comments, connect with other peers/adults, and share ideas and projects.

The unique content of this course has been developed by experienced artists and instructors in a ground up, collaborative environment. We are passionate about what we do and the experiences we share with our community!

Arts & Activism Pathway: Decolonizing the Industry, Protest Like an Artist, Rise Up in Song (S1 & S2)

Discounts and Refund Policy:

Financial Assistance is available:

Under 18 – Click this link to apply!

Over 18 – Click this link to apply!

Refund Policy – Students can receive refunds up to 7 days before the course start date.

*Course Minimums – If the course minimum has not been met, the course will be canceled or rescheduled. Those who have pre-paid will be notified in advance and will receive a full refund.