ERIC Number: ED243783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
History of America: A Popular Music Approach.
Chilcoat, George W.
The study of popular music can be an effective method of examining social and cultural life. Popular music emphasizes the variety of human existence, goals, outlooks, and biases. A pervading theme in popular American music between 1959 and 1984 has been the theme of "America." Over 200 songs reflect personal, social, and political concerns about the United States. A list of many of these songs is divided into categories of American lifestyles, American music, famous Americans, patriotism, and social statements and problems. The latter category is subdivided into music on adolescence, politics, urban life, women's awareness, Black awareness, automation/technology, religious awareness, voting, Indian awareness, ecology, anti-war issues, and society in general. The list includes publication date, record company, and recording artist for all songs. An activity designed for secondary school students involves small groups in analyzing a number of songs to determine theme, audience, major issues, fact vs. opinion, present-day relevance, and making a class presentation of findings. Guide questions and a chart are provided for the students. (LP)
Descriptors: American Studies, Attitudes, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Discographies, Humanities Instruction, Instructional Materials, Leaders, Learning Activities, Life Style, Patriotism, Popular Culture, Popular Music, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Problems, Social Studies, United States History
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference (Phoenix, AZ, April 11, 1984). For related documents on using popular culture to teach American history, see SO 015 629-631.