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!


Discussion Forum

RESEARCH: Music, Aging & Memory

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 29, 2019.

COLLECTION: Comparing Eras of Protest Music + David Byrne

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 10, 2019.

PROFILE: Head of Hip-Hop @ Harvard

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 8, 2019.

NEW MOVIE: What if there were no Beatles?

Started by Ryan Goble Mar 30, 2019.

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Comment by Lynn Gregory on July 10, 2009 at 1:06pm
I have a copy of a paper that I co-authored entitled "The message of “The Poverty of Philosophy”: Rap-inspired critical communication in non-minority classrooms" for anyone interested. It provides some background on pedagogy and ideas on how to use it in several contexts.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 10, 2009 at 11:33am
William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain come up in a post in the Graphic Novels and American Lit group here that you might be interested in (audio part at the bottom).
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 8, 2009 at 10:45am
Howdy Pop People!

If you didn't get a chance to check out yesterday's blog/ MJ Lesson Idea Challenge please do take a hot minute to check it out. This experiment - putting raw materials out for lesson plan ideas - is something I'd like to develop further. That being said, your feedback on that post would be helpful since y'all are the pop music people round here :)

Keep things funky!

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 3, 2009 at 9:59am
Frank Baker made another blog post re: music I forgot to highlight:
We Need Music to Survive

And remember, if you dig the resources you're finding here please do invite fellow teachers who love to teach with music to join this group. Just click on the

button to bring more musically minded friends into the MC Pop community.

Enjoy! Ry:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 17, 2009 at 2:28pm
See Frank Baker's blog post The Music Instinct: Science & Song on PBS sounds very teachable!

Comment by Johnathan Chase on June 5, 2009 at 11:54pm
My students are finishing up a music video project, follow the link for more details...

2009 Student Media Projects

Comment by Raven on June 5, 2009 at 10:01am
Hip-Hop in the Heartland Educators' Conference!

The final schedule was just posted...this summer looks to be a powerful set of intersections--between the Allied Media Conference and this Hip-Hop Ed con, we can explore myriad avenues for using popular culture and media resources in the classroom and for community work.

andSummer Institute Final Schedule09.doc

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