Learning About MLK Through Music

Image by John Hain from Pixabay.

Use music to learn about the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From in-class learning to special performance programming, find kid-friendly songs that were sung during the Civil Rights Movement to songs that honor MLK’s life and work.

  1. Resources to Make Music In Your Classroom
  2. Videos
    1. His Life
    2. Songs That Tell His Story

Resources to Make Music In Your Classroom

Martin’s Dream of 1963

Here’s a fresh and engaging song arrangement about Martin Luther King, Jr in a presentation featuring Orff, Kodaly, and optional recorder sections for your teaching for MLK Day, Black History Month, or any time of the year.

Dr. King Had a Dream

Lyrics about MLK’s dream have been set to the tune of the two-chord (F, C7) “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”, perfect for beginning ukulele players, with a newly composed “B” section that can be used as a harmony partner song for the big finale.


His Life


A FABULOUS video is by NUMBEROCK. It tells his story through music.

Songs That Tell His Story