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ERIC Number: EJ914328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Learning Tunes: Pop Music in the Classroom
Moore, David Cooper
Library Media Connection, v29 n4 p13-14 Jan-Feb 2011
Popular music can be a rich and engaging teaching tool. Children often intuitively gain complex layers of experiential meaning more readily from music than other forms of plot-driven media where their narrow focus on literal interpretation and plot recitation can bring thoughtful conversation to a halt. However, integrating popular music in the classroom is a daunting prospect for many teachers. The author personally found that the risks associated with using popular culture as a text for media analysis are outweighed by rewards in students' personal investment, and the willingness with which they can begin, with teacher guidance, to think abstractly about representation, identity, target audience, and how interpretation can be dependent on social position and point of view. With careful lesson scaffolding and instructor direction, popular music can be a valuable tool for media literacy learning precisely because of the strong feelings, reactions, opinions, and ideas it often elicits in listeners of all ages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A