Instructor Larry Weiner (center) with award-winning Montclair State University students (left to right) Joanna Zaccardi ’21, ZW Gleason ’21, Gabi Bartnik ’21 and Christina Giordano at the 53rd Annual Jersey Awards. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY)

Four School of Communication and Media students at Montclair State University won a 2021 Jersey Award for their work on a Motown curriculum guide for the Motown Museum in Detroit.

The students received the award at the NJ Ad Club’s 53rd Annual Jersey Awards on Sept. 29.

The Motown curriculum guide, which will soon be product-tested in middle school music classes, was created last spring by Gabi Bartnik, Joanna Zaccardi, all of whom have recently graduated, and Christina Giordano, who is in her last semester.

The guide focuses on the music and artists of the legendary record label, racial and social justice issues of the period, and the business methods of Motown founder Berry Gordy. It will eventually be available to educators around the country from the Motown Museum’s website.

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