• Music
  • Grades 4-8


Milwaukee, WI

“Music was always around us in some shape or form. As we got older and started figuring out the path that our instruments would take us, it started to make sense to pull from the experiences that we've had to make our own music.”

Musician Interview

Remembering and Celebrating Through Music

Chauntee and Monique Ross combine their classical training with gospel and other influences to tell stories of their lives today. They connect their own experiences to their ancestors and to the next generation—their young performance students.


“Our music is really soulful.” “And it's a combination of all different sounds of music that we both grew up with and learned over the years.”

Questions to consider:
  • Monique says that music heals and connects. What kind of impact has music had on you and your life?
  • Chauntee describes an especially memorable music experience from her childhood where she went to hear the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform. What is a memorable experience you’ve had with music? How did that music make you feel?
  • Chauntee and Monique reflect on how their lives are much different than those of their ancestors, and the progress that is being made, especially for women and women of color. What do you think is needed to keep making progress? How do you think music can be a part of that progress?

Musician Performance



This song was written during a time when Chauntee and Monique were saying goodbye to some people and things in their lives, while also dealing with not feeling seen or heard in the music industry.

“Goodbye” was composed by Chauntee Ross and Monique Ross of SistaStrings. This performance was recorded by PBS Wisconsin Education on February 28, 2020.


View the full song lyrics.


“I always feel like there is more
to dig into when you’re trying to be vulnerable with your music... It's like you and the song, and you're sharing your heart with everyone else, which is a beautiful experience, but there's always room to grow and learn how to do it better. It's exciting, it's a journey.”
Monique Ross

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Guides & Resources


Educator Engagement Guide


Wondering how to spark additional learning using these media resources? Check out this guide developed by music educators, for music educators.

Inside this guide:

  • Background information about the musician
  • Knowledge, skill and affective outcomes for learners with strategies for achieving them
  • Academic standards aligned with these resources
Map of location
Milwaukee, WI

Project Credits

Mia Forslund
Ryan Hendricks

Ryan Hendricks
Ian Glodich
Nia Scott

Ryan Hendricks

Inga Foley
Beauxregard Neylon
Curtis Sorensen

Vicki Way Kipp

Scott Stetson
Amanda Roslansky
Ian Glodich
Amber Samdahl

Norman Yuson Cuaño
John Vieth
Tim Schneider

Chauntee Ross
Monique Ross

Music Education Content
Kathy Bartling
Darin Menk
Laurie Fellenz

Engagement Guide
Katherine Miller
Hadfield School
Waukesha, WI

Project Partner
Wisconsin School Music Association

Executive Producer
Megan Monday

Director of Education
Alyssa Tsagong

Director of Television
Jon Miskowski

Special Thanks
Brian Heller and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music

Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Focus Fund for Education
Friends of PBS Wisconsin

Educator Advisory Group

Kevin Blakeslee
Lincoln Elementary
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Peter Dennee
Carthage College
Kenosha, WI

Matt Eidson
Madison, WI

Heidi Henderson
Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee, WI

Amy Maack
Gifford K8 School
Racine, WI

Katherine Miller
Hadfield School
Waukesha, WI

Julie A. Palkowski, PhD
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI

Schuyler Gardner Pietz
Madison Elementary School
Stevens Point, WI

Linda Ruesink
Watertown Unified School District
Watertown, WI

Sue Smits
Unified School District of De Pere
De Pere, WI

Kurt Stein
Kurt Stein’s School of Music
Fox Cities, WI

Randal Swiggum
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Jesus M. Valencia
Rio H.S./M.S.
Rio, WI

Natasha Verhulst
Keshena Primary School
Menominee Indian School District
Keshena, WI

Lucy Wrenn
Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Palmyra, WI