Why Re/sound?

In a state-wide survey and listening sessions with music educators, we learned about the need for current, authentic, culturally diverse resources, as well as support in teaching with and about music from different cultures. These educator-stated needs shaped the direction and goals of the collection. With Re/sound resources you can discover contemporary Wisconsin musicians who use their music to share about themselves, their cultures, their emotions, and so much more.

In the educator guides and resource library linked below you’ll find:

  • Additional background information about the musicians and their music
  • Knowledge, skill and affective outcomes for learners with strategies for achieving them
  • Wisconsin Academic Standards and Wisconsin Music Educator Association (WMEA) Standards alignment
  • Educator-endorsed resources to expand learning opportunities around the featured music genres and instruments

Educator Guides

Kellen “Klassik” Abston

Kellen Abston, known on stage and to his listeners as “Klassik,” was born and raised in Milwaukee. He honors the family members and mentors who have guided him as he channels his creativity into making electro-soul-infused hip-hop music that takes the pulse of his life in the city.

Black River Revue

Black River Revue brings together four friends. Two are from Superior, Wisconsin, and two are from right across the water in Duluth, Minnesota. They love to come up with new tunes and put their own spin on bluegrass classics. Their music often references places they grew up, like the Black River, which their band is named after.

Marcya Daneille

Marcya Daneille is a jazz vocalist based in Milwaukee. Her music, which she describes as “classically-trained, jazz-influenced, and soul-inspired” is infused with improvisation.

Wade Fernandez

Wade Fernandez lives on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin and tours internationally performing his music. He finds inspiration for his compositions in nature and draws from musical genres from all over the world.

Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez

From Wisconsin to Latin America and beyond, Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez weave together their experiences, travels and cultures to make their eclectic 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.

Lavanyaa Surendar

Lavanyaa Surendar grew up in a family of artists who performed Indian classical music and dance. She learned how to tell ancient stories and show emotions through those traditions. She now continues the legacy by sharing her knowledge with others.

Maa Vue

Maa Vue is a singer/songwriter who creates music in the Hmong language. In her journey as a musician, she draws from her emotions while celebrating her culture and challenging expectations.

Additional Resources

Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) maintains a searchable page featuring reviewed resources to support extended learning opportunities.

Access WSMA Re/Sound Library

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Logo for Re/sound, Songs of Wisconsin
“Music is a global language…
everyone can communicate. You can express your feelings and your thoughts, your energy and your love. You can connect and communicate with the rest of the world, without limits or frontiers.”
Juan Tomás Martínez