Course DescriptionThis course introduces music educators and music education students to the rich opportunities afforded by using popular music in the elementary music classroom. Through readings, the students will become familiar with the theoretical discussions surrounding popular music in present-day music education discourse. With a focus on topics such as comprehensive musicianship, digital composition, and critical listening, the course will expose students to a wide variety of inclusionary practices and give students the tools to begin constructing their own music curriculum centered on popular music.
- Week 1: Why Teach with popular Music?
- Week 2: Popular music in the lives of young students. What they listen to and how they listen
- Week 3: Teaching musicianship with popular music I: Rhythm
- Week 4: Teaching musicianship with popular music II: Melody
- Week 5: Teaching musicianship with popular music III: Harmony & Form
- Week 6: Teaching digital popular music composition I
- Week 7: Teaching digital popular music composition II Video: (1) demo for Garage Band
- Week 8: Critical Music Listening I: Facilitating critical dialogues around popular songs & Teaching popular music as a vehicle for social commentary
- Week 9: Critical Music Listening II: Multimodal listening
- Week 10: Popular music literacies and the future of music education