Making Curriculum Pop



From rock to hip-hop this is the place for teachers who use fresh soundz to make their curriculum pop!

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Popular Music and Education

Teaching with popular music is how my whole journey into teaching with popular culture began. I'm POSITIVE I learned more from Rolling Stone in high school than I did from any of my literature classes.

The first real Mindblue Production was this grant funded project where I worked with an intern to integrated the music, history and culture of Motown Records into the curriculum of a school outside of Detroit. Obviously, I'd love to plug the Blue Song Guides here (I'm allowed a few gratuitous plugs) but there are also tons of wonderful resources out there for us to share.

Please use this discussion forum to share cool projects, ideas and tunes that rock the classroom!

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Comment by Ryan Goble on March 15, 2011 at 12:52pm
David - totally insults my deep passion for Jersey Shore :) Thanks for sharing!
Comment by David Kleeman on March 15, 2011 at 7:18am

Thought you all might enjoy this song about reality TV, by a former bandmate of mine.  At least one of us had some musical talent!

Comment by Ryan Goble on December 14, 2010 at 7:08am

Anne, woza - great tip.  If possible could you copy and paste this above in the discussion forum so I can share the video with everyone (as those have URLs) on the week in review? 


Comment by Anne Gaspers on December 13, 2010 at 7:41pm
In my opinion, if you're not watching The should be! It's showcases amazing a capella talent which could only be so POPular because of Glee. I only mention it here because there is a jazzy group of music teachers from Seattle still in the competition and last week Ben Folds said "There's nothing cooler than teaching."
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 26, 2010 at 8:36pm
Andrew - wow - great connection - thanks for sharing that! Ry:)
Comment by Andrew Hoyt on July 25, 2010 at 9:16am
Ryan -- Interesting enough, the quote that you point out from the Rolling Stone article about Goldman Sachs is more than just edgy language. In fact, it's directly lifted from Nazi Propaganda against the Jews. Check it out:

Apparently Tabbai didn't know the resonance, but has since apologized . . .

Brings up another side of hip and edgy language in journalism, though. The Nazis pioneered dozens of graphic design techniques, and were among the most successful brand-engineers in history...
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 14, 2010 at 8:59pm
Yeah, but while I'll never forget this line from The Great American Bubble Machine

"The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."

I do think they've probably felt pressure to use "Edgy" language to remain relevant in a Jersey Shore world. What do you think?
Comment by Mike Gange on June 14, 2010 at 8:54pm
I am not sure if the language is more or less the Lowest Common Denom. in political or musical analysis. It can be pretty rich and colourful at times in all areas. However, their point is to be the counter culture, so I guess the language is their ticket into the conversation.
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 14, 2010 at 8:50pm
That is interesting - I hadn't stopped to think about that trend. Matt Tabbi is a potty mouth, but you know the content is still very solid. I guess people say the same thing about the great writing in Playboy, eh? I guess it depends on the culture of your school/district, right. The strange thing is that the language is more of an issue in their political coverage rather than the music coverage.
Comment by Mike Gange on June 14, 2010 at 8:44pm
I always thought RS was a great mag too, but lately their language has gotten so salty. It would make sailors blush at times. So unless I am using only one article, I don't keep it in the classroom. I also like Billboard -- both the mag and the chart books.

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