James Randall, School of Music Green Thread Modification One of the sustainability themes explored in the Green Thread workshop was the importance of emphasizing local and indigenous cultural products. Art and music help us value the uniqueness of local and regional culture, and, implicitly, the damage done if this uniqueness is lost. Additionally music and art help us make sense of the immediate world around us and promote a sense of shared community and responsibility for shared resources. I emphasize the above ideas throughout my Music of the World’s Peoples course (syllabus attached). The students’ first assignment is a Musical Identity Essay, in which students consider the role of music in shaping and reflecting their own personal beliefs and sense of self. Question three in the attached guidelines deals particularly with the relationship between students’ musical tastes and their geographic surroundings and the cultural communities to which they belong. I use students’ responses to this question as a springboard for exploring how music can either connect us or disassociate us from the places in which we live. What are the consequences?