MUSIC MAKES HISTORY: From the Vietnam War to the Land Back Movement

Bill Withers

This unit of lessons is like a good piece of jazz, seemingly disjointed, arbitrarily picked bits of unrelated ideas that come together to make a beautiful whole that ignites a love of learning and an eagerness to find out more.

This musical journey begins with Bill Withers and his enduring musical legacy. But then it weaves its way through the Vietnam War; the Civil Rights movement; sports protests; Black and Indigenous rights issues in present-day Canada – all of which naturally leads to an investigation of the credibility of media outlets and news sources.

Course Information


Students will learn past and present history through a variety of musical genres. The journey begins with Bill Withers and his enduring legacy, weaving its way through the Vietnam war; the Civil Rights Movement to Black and Indigenous rights issues in present-day Canada.

Access to the documentary Still Bill is an asset.

Appropriate for ages 13+ in the following subjects: 

Music; Civics; History; Media

Course Instructor

Doreen Nicoll Doreen Nicoll Author

Doreen Nicoll is a Member in Good Standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. Her eclectic background includes an Honours Specialist in Family Studies as well as Red Seal Certification as a Journeyman cook. Doreen is also an award-winning journalist and podcaster covering social justice, human rights and environmental issues. Qualified to teach the full breadth of Family Studies courses along with Hospitality, English, and Tech Studies, Doreen also has experience teaching Civics and Careers to high school youth and adult students.

Music Makes History – Winter Semester

access until June 30, 2024 12:00 am

Enrolling in this Unit will give you immediate access to the content. An email with thirty vouchers for your students along with instructions on how to register will follow shortly after.