”The consequence of the single story is that it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult and it emphasizes that we are different rather than how we are similar.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Music connects continents

Music connects: Within this workshop, we want to place our emphasis on what connects us, rather than what divides us. Even when it comes to music that originated from the African continent the portrayal in media etc, often re-produces stereotypes. Due to the fact that various African and African American music genres are not part of the Austrian school curriculum, little to nothing is known about it in our society.

In many educational policy forums, artistic and creative subjects are not brought to the fore. But it is precisely with music lessons, that important core competencies are conveyed; including empathy, social interaction and creativity. These characteristics are considered indispensable in anti-racism work and thus in reducing prejudices. (See more)

Desired outcome: The AEWTASS – workshop “Music connects continents”, offers to gain new insights on a non-verbal level, to get to know new instruments and to approach the foreign in a new way.


Points of reference for teaching:  Music is a universal language that everyone can understand. During this workshop, students get an overview of important artists with African / African American rootsworks and their influence on contemporary music styles.

Methodology: singing lessons, use of new instruments.

Focus group: Pupils of primary and secondary school level

This workshop will be held in English.

Gisele Jackson, B.A

Conception and evaluation of workshops

Gisele Jackson, B.A graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in theatre studies. She has participated in the productions of: Ray Charles, James Brown and Donna Summer, which won the Grammy music awards. Currently, Ms Jackson teaches the next generation of Viennese musicians at the Vienna Music Institute (VMI)in Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, which has offered courses for aspiring musicians for nearly 20 years.