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Motown Records: Made in Detroit

July 6



Motown Records: Made in Detroit
A Symposium

Plowshares Theatre Company will conduct “Motown Records: Made in Detroit,” a three-day symposium on the significance and legacy of Motown Records. As recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion, the symposium will include a section focusing the music of Motown from 1967. On Saturday, the final day of the symposium, programming will be assist educators to create media classroom resources to share with students and the general public.

The symposium will be held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center. The workshops are open to the general public at no cost, with the exception of a fee for an optional tour of the Motown Museum. Our target audience are Michigan-based 8th -12th grade and college educators/students, as well as, music enthusiasts. Although registrants may elect to attend one or more days of the seminar, preference will be given for those able to participate for three days of the conference.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the historic socioeconomic conditions existing at the time of Motown’s founding which made this business venture ripe for success.
  2. Discover what is the Motown sound and what musical styles/genres had the greatest influence on its creation.
  3. Learn about Motown’s greatest acts and music.
  4. Understand the legacy of Motown on American culture.
  5. Acquire a competency in digital storytelling and other media techniques to bring the Motown story to the classroom and the general public.

Symposium Agenda – Day 1
July 6

8:30 AM            Registration

9:00 AM            Welcome & Logistics – Dr. Addell Austin Anderson

9:15 AM            Small Group Discussion & Report Outs Using World Café Conversation Model

10 AM              Presenter – Dr. Andy Flory, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Carleton College
Topic 1: The Emergence of Motown & Black Entrepreneurship
Topic 2: What is the Motown Sound?
                        NOTE: 2-hour block includes one 15-minute break

12:00 PM         Lunch

12:30 PM         Legacy Interview with famed Motown musician and Funk Brother Paul Riser

1:30 PM           Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Prouty, Associate Professor of Musicology and Jazz Studies, Michigan State Univ.
Topic: Motown Acts & Music
                         NOTE: 2-hour block includes one 15-minute break

3:45 PM          Presenter: Dr. Addell Austin Anderson, Humanities Faculty, Wayne County Community College
Topic: Digital Storytelling and Other Educational Media Techniques


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