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Activity 7 - Songs of resistance


To write a verse about living in an institution.

Curriculum area(s)

  • Year 5 upwards
    • Music

Suitable for adults with learning disabilities?


Learning outcome(s)

Students understand how people find ways to resist oppression.



  1. Explain that students are going to hear how patients find ways to resist the institution by making up songs.
  2. Show the PowerPoint, which introduces the singers and includes audio clips of the songs, the words of the songs and simple musical notation.
  3. Then play the sound clips; encourage students to join in – show the lyrics on the PowerPoint slides.
  4. Set students the task of composing one verse to add to one of the songs they have heard.

Ideas for follow up

Musicians to work with two or three others to compose their own song of resistance.

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Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
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Milton Keynes

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