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ERIC Number: EJ918804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Gender Differences of Popular Music Production in Secondary Schools
Abramo, Joseph Michael
Journal of Research in Music Education, v59 n1 p21-43 Apr 2011
In this case study, the author investigated how students' gender affected their participation in a secondary popular music class in which participants wrote and performed original music. Three same-gendered rock groups and two mixed-gendered rock groups were observed. Would students of different genders rehearse and compose differently? How would same-gendered processes compare to mixed-gendered processes? Research suggests that girls learn differently from boys and that gender--as distinct from sex--is formed in social environments. In research on popular music education, however, the participation of girls has been under-documented and under-theorized. This study found that boys and girls rehearsed and composed differently: Whereas the boys combined musical gestures and nonverbal communication into a seamless sonic process, the girls separated talk and musical production. In the mixed-gendered groups, tensions arose because participants used different learning styles that members of the opposite gender misunderstood. Broadening popular music pedagogies to incorporate different practices is suggested. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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