Pop Culture And Instruction Of Music Education

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Pop-Culture and Instruction in Music Education In the age of the Internet and social media, current events and pop-culture phenomena’s are literally at our fingertips and because of that the question arises, “Should we include references to pop-culture and current events in the classroom?” More specifically, “should these topics be included in the music classroom?” This has caused some debate between music educators many questioning if there is even a need to include current events in the classroom discussion. In this paper, the author will attempt to shed light on those two viewpoints, as well as discuss the benefits of both the inclusion and exclusion of pop-culture in the music classroom.
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Some of the main reasoning’s given by educators and those in favor of the inclusion of pop-culture in the classroom are that the students are more likely to become engaged in the learning process as they are hearing current pieces of music or music they already know. They are also able to retain the information presented as they have something to connect it to outside of the classroom.
Miguel Centellas of the University of Mississippi, writes in his article Pop Culture in the Classroom: American Idol, Karl Marx, and Alexis de Tocqueville about his personal use of discussing television shows in the classroom to aide in his teaching.
I chose…American Idol because [it] works particularly well for two basic reasons; (1) students are more likely to be familiar with the show than with other (more niche) pop culture references, and (2) the specific format and scope of American Idol makes it particularly relevant for this particular exercise. (CITE)
Though Cantellas’ use of American Idol in the classroom was at the collegiate level, it does not negate the importance of its use in the public school classroom. The integration of pop-culture to hone in on a concept or to make a concept more tangible to the students can help greatly with the comprehension of the concept to the students. The use of American Idol in Cantellas’ classroom was to assist the
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