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!

Thank you all for joining my favorite group!


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Comment by Ryan Goble on April 21, 2010 at 10:49am
Hey Terisa just got your broadcast e-mail - remember if you want folks to easily write back on-line you can always post your question above in the discussion forum - that way there is an online archivable thread.

Best source for music biography and reviews (IMHO) is the All Music Guide -

They also have these great genre maps -

from there you can link out to databases like...
British Folk-Rock
British Metal
British Invasion
British Invasion

And Britpop
British Blues
British Psychedelia
Early British Pop/Rock

Hope this helps!

Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on January 27, 2010 at 2:48pm
I gathered some music resources for parents I discovered recently on the internet, and wrote a post about them on my blog. Some might be useful to teachers in the elementary school.
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 21, 2010 at 11:20am
Siri & Logan - welcome to the Music group - please do take a hot minute to look through the discussion forum above for resources and ideas!

Dana, I actually have a great activity for you to teach lit terms in a fun way - it is two bucks over at the Mindblue store - it is called the Lit Term Game (it is a close relative of the Album Cover Game.

If you decide to pick one or both of those up here's a not so top secret link to a bunch of easy-to-print album covers FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY!

Hope these help!!

Comment by Logan Hurley on January 21, 2010 at 2:13am
I am planning on including music in my classroom on a regular basis. I feel like it can sometimes help me to concentrate and i would think that this would also flow over into the way my students would feel.
Comment by Siri Nelson on January 20, 2010 at 10:26pm
I would love to be able to include music in my classroom. There seem to be many great ideas on how music can be a great tool in the classroom, and I hope to try some of them in the near future.
Comment by Dana Waschitz on January 20, 2010 at 7:13pm
Hey all! So I have to start a Poetry unit to my 10th grade English class and the first lesson is poetry terms that students need to know...I was asked to do a list of 20 Selected Poetry Terms. I was asked to have the kids define them by looking them up in the text and then have them give an example of each, but I think thats kind of basic and boring...does anyone have any suggestions how to spice this up a bit? They are words like Simile, metaphor, speaker, end-stop, ballad, literal, figures of speech, etc...maybe through music or magazines or something more fun?? ... :) Thanks! -Dana
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 18, 2010 at 12:07am
Not so teachable, but funny and interesting - check out this art/music project -

What do we sing about, when we sing about the body? The chart below, based on a sample of thousands songs, tells the story. The size of a circle corresponds to how often that part is mentioned in each genre. Click on a genre name to see a close-up that shows exactly what words were used.
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 11, 2010 at 11:15pm
Andrea - cool song...haunting and complicated (for students) narrative - love it.

Frank McCourt would approve :)

If you get a chance you should copy and paste your post into the American History discussion forum so all the history teachers can check it out - you can title it something like "SONG: Immigration / Geography Tune."

Thanks so much for sharing!

Comment by Andrea O'Neill on January 11, 2010 at 7:20pm
Check this out - great geography/US History lesson. After each verse, stop the song and ask the students questions - where are they? why is the schoolmaster writing the letter? why don't they visit? what trouble is Michael in? I found that this gets at their emotions. I used it with 7th graders. GREAT IMMIGRATION lesson! The link below will take you to the lyrics and part of the song, but I believe the musician is Peter James, not Peter Jones.
I found it on itunes, but not the original musician.
Comment by Eric Kursman on January 5, 2010 at 6:12am
Hi all! I posted this with the Poetry group, but this could be a great resource for anyone looking to use popular music with collages/remixes/mashups/etc in the classroom:


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