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ERIC Number: EJ1200438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Puerto Rican "Plena": The Power of a Song
Howard, Karen
General Music Today, v32 n2 p29-32 Jan 2019
In order to bring music of Puerto Rico to the general music classroom, it is important to understand the sociocultural and sociohistorical context of the music. The traditional genre of plena shares cultural threads with West Africa, Spain, and indigenous (Taíno) culture. Commonly known as "El Periodico Cantado" (the singing newspaper), plena songs give updates on what people are feeling and current events effecting the community. The plena song "Que Bonita Bandera" (What a Beautiful Flag) is explored for its potential uses in elementary and secondary general music classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico