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ERIC Number: EJ1009084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Broadside Ballads: Social Consciousness in Song
Junda, Mary Ellen
General Music Today, v26 n3 p18-24 Apr 2013
This article highlights a group ballad project which is a part of student experiences in Sing and Shout!, a course that integrates academic study with singing and song writing to develop a deeper understanding of problems in society. Students explore the intricacies of song composition and social consciousness drawn from past events that reflect the effects of cultural, political, technological, and natural change. And, by extension, they continue the folk tradition by reliving their own stories in the ballads they create. A brief history of the ballad, sequence of instruction, and resources are included so that others can use the ballad-writing experience as a means for students to understand the value of collaboration to achieve artistic goals, the role of music as an expression of social consciousness, and the power of song as voices join together with a common purpose. (Contains 7 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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