ERIC Number: EJ896542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Reference Count: 30
Hip-Hop, Digital Media, and the Changing Face of Music Education
Thibeault, Matthew D.
General Music Today, v24 n1 p46-49 Oct 2010
In this article, the author describes a true story about Dwayne Carter Jr., a rapper most music educators probably don't know but one who is beloved throughout the world as "Lil Wayne." Critics overwhelmingly proclaimed Lil Wayne the top rapper in the hip-hop game, and the album and his work leading up to it were universally regarded as some of the most important hip-hop music available. His work is a concrete example of the mainstream level of hip-hop, as well as some of the new musical practices that are emerging from digital media: new ways to be a musician, new ways to perform, and new music that is fundamentally different from what is offered in most music education programs. The author states that if more music teachers would take time to understand the hip hop musical culture and some of the larger trends it exemplifies, they likely would reach more students, especially those who presently choose not to participate in music programs. The author also discusses some of the big ideas at play and some of the leading scholars who are addressing these ideas.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Musicians, Music Teachers, Popular Culture, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Cultural Relevance
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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