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ERIC Number: EJ1246706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Using Popular Music Pedagogies to Foster 21st-Century Skills and Knowledge
Vasil, Martina
General Music Today, v33 n3 p46-51 Apr 2020
Recent changes in educational policy have placed 21st-century skills at the forefront of arts education, presenting arts educators with an opportunity to reassess instructional practices. Popular music pedagogies are approaches to learning and practicing popular music that may be useful for addressing 21st-century skills and knowledge in arts classrooms. In this article, the author describes how art and music teachers infused music, art, and technology in two related arts projects for Grades 3 to 5 that explored the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, jazz music, the work of DJ Kool Herc, and a deejay application on electronic tablets. Through the use of popular music pedagogies, teachers addressed many aspects of 21st-century skills and knowledge. Furthermore, the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the music of DJ Kool Herc resonated with students due to their historical significance and the everlasting artistic themes found within their work--individuality, innovation, communication, expression, and authenticity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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