Dawn Anthony (DNA Muzik)

Dawn Anthony (DNA Muzik)

Dawn Anthony has served in the Charlotte area for over twenty years as a teaching artist and even longer as a performer. She enjoys utilizing music and history to build bridges to promote unity.  By partnering with other creative artists, learning and performing experiences are enhanced. Dawn has

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Motown and More!


Program description

This incredible program incorporates history and language arts, through the portal of music! We’ll enhance the students’ understanding of history through a musical timeline! We’ll explore the culture of the times and how the music of yesterday influences the music of today! This is an incredibly engaging program for students and teachers! Let’s remember and chime in on the songs and


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: African, American, Latino, Multicultural
Subject: Dance, History, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Motown and More assembly programing is available:

From September 9th, 2019 through May 15th, 2020.

Available times:

Motown and More is available from 9:30- 2pm in the afternoon.

Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

2 mics and PA for question and answer time at the end would be helpful, but not required.


The sessions take place at the school site in an auditorium or multi-purpose room. Beyond school sites the musicians can set-up in a fellowship hall or recreation center gathering space.

Fees / Ticketing:

Motown and more is available as a lecture/performance assembly for $900-$1500. For programs outside of Mecklenburg County, a $25 travel fee is required per session.


NC Standard Course of Study:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3a Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

Craft and Structure reading standards for 2nd grade:|
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

NC Essential Standards:

Essential Standard: Analyze key political, economic and social turning points in American History using historical thinking.

• AH2.H.3.3
Explain the roles of various racial and ethnic groups in settlement and expansion since Reconstruction and the consequences for those groups (e.g., American Indians,
African Americans, Chinese, Irish, Hispanics and Latino Americans, Asian Americans, etc.).

Illustrate perceptual skills by moving to, answering questions about, and describing aural examples of music of various styles and cultures.

Use music to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant events, ideas, and movements from a global context.

Classify specific musical works in terms of the particular culture and time period in which they were produced.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Erin Elliott

Carl Ratliff: (803)493-7886/ ratjazz@yahoo.com
CMS and community music educator


Emily Seelbinder: (704)408-9068
(Retired literature professor at Queens University of Charlotte)

Cancellation Policy

Cancel only in extreme emergency. If your school must cancel, please notify us as soon as you know there is a conflict. If the program is not re-scheduled, there will be a fee of $300.00