Teen Music And The Music

1130 Words5 Pages
Parents of teenagers fear one thing in particular: their music, especially the lyrical content. Teenagers find no issue in the music they listen to, and for good reason: just because the music may contain explicit or violent lyrics, research has disproven any conspiratorial links between the music and violent behavior. In fact, it can be used resourcefully instead, unless censorship removes that resource. Teen music, specifically hip-hop and rap, should not be censored because the lyrics can be a useful teaching tool; society suffers from all forms of censorship; and no clearly proven link exists between violent teen behavior and urban music. Most teenagers are interested in some form of explicit music, because they feel like it speaks directly to them. As a result, educators have begun taking note of this and have begun to incorporate music, especially hip-hop and rap, into their classes. Many hip-hop artists write lyrics focused on their own experiences, in the hopes of inspiring someone else. Carla Stokes began using urban music when teaching students about gender and sexuality. “When I started working with young people… themes around rap music repeatedly came up in the classroom… so I began using hip-hop as a tool to stimulate conversations about gender and sexuality… Hip-hop 's become a significant way of fostering dialogue around many important issues they 're facing in their lives” (Stokes 1). Hip-hop can be used to teach in the literary arts as well. Lyrics, when
Get Access