ERIC Number: ED214845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Values and Music: Some Comparisons Between the U.S. and China and Japan. An Experimental Unit.
Smith, Gary R.
Designed to help secondary students recognize that a country's music both reflects and reinforces cultural values, this unit involves students in comparing the music of the United States, China, and Japan. The unit could be used as part of an Asian history or Western history course. The approximate time required for the unit is 12 class periods. Student handouts are provided. The unit begins by asking students to think about reasons why they enjoy music. A format for examining personal reasons for their listening habits evolves from this process. The materials then ask students to examine the idea that music is both a reflection and a reinforcer of cultural values. Three specific themes are explored and compared. Political socialization is examined and compared in the form of patriotic music and its similarity in function. Attitudes toward work as reflected in music are examined. And third, students are asked to infer the phenomenon of change, first in their own society, then in Chinese society by comparing music in different time periods. The culminating activity of the unit asks students to look at the three societies as common members of a single planet. Students role-play visitors from outer space. Questions are structured to elicit similarities among earth creatures in terms of their music. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Asian Studies, Comparative Analysis, Music, Political Socialization, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Studies, Social Values, Teaching Guides, Units of Study, Work Attitudes
Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208 ($6.95 plus $2.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Denver Univ., CO. Graduate School of International Studies.; Denver Univ., CO. School of Education.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.
Identifiers: China; Japan; United States