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ERIC Number: EJ1229594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
DJ Pedagogy in the Childhood Experience
Solis, Jamie
Childhood Education, v95 n5 p16-23 2019
Exploring the potential of nontraditional content for educational activities can help engage students' interests, while leading to numerous academic and social-emotional benefits. Right now, there is the opportunity to amend children's perspective of music learning using new DJ technology. A disc jockey, more commonly abbreviated as DJ, is a person who plays existing recorded music for a live audience. The most common types of DJs include radio DJ, club DJ who performs at a nightclub or music festival, and turntablist who uses record players, usually turntables, to manipulate sounds on phonograph records. DJ artists are relevant and visible in pop culture. While not many children are provided with opportunities to engage with DJ technology, the perception that DJing is fun persists. This article explains how Jamie Solis takes advantage of this opportunity. Solis begins the first class with a simple introduction of the DJ station, comprising a DJ controller connected to a laptop and speakers. Through active listening and trial and error, the students are able to achieve the desired sound on the speaker. Throughout the article, Solis discusses DJing and the joy of learning, social learning, culturally relevant teaching, and reciprocal teaching. Solis concludes that during the age of creativity and innovation, music is an essential subject area. Within the school space, DJing becomes a safe environment for discovering, discussing, and sharing music from around the world. As children are exposed to DJing, they can begin to playfully explore core musical concepts as the precursor to advanced study in the craft. And while all students might not seriously pursue music, all students do benefit from music participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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