Students in the ASU School of Music’s Popular Culture and Music in Music Education course recently created the following xtranormal movies to further dialogue on popular music and relevant pedagogies in music programs. By synthesizing theoretical frameworks and concepts from the first half of the semester that relate to integrating and teaching through popular music and culture, students added nuance, humor, and creative flair to a decades-long debate.

[Disclaimer: Due to the nature of some popular music/culture some words that might not be appropriate in a school setting are present in a one or two of the clips]

Here is the original assignment as posed to the class by Dr. Evan Tobias:

After viewing the following movies consider creating your own Xtranormal movie  or comment to continue and forward the dialogue and submit it in the comment section below this post:

Works Cited in the Above Movies

Abramo, J. (2010). Guitar class and the popular music ensemble. In A. C. Clements (Ed.), Alternative approaches in music education: Case studies from the field (pp. 15-27). Lanham, ME: Rowman and Littlefield.

Boardman, E. (Ed.). (2002). Dimensions of musical learning and teaching: A different kind of classroom. Reston, VA: MENC.

Bowman, W. D. (2004). “Pop” goes…? Taking popular music seriously. In C. X. Rodriguez (Ed.), Bridging the gap: Popular music and music education (pp. 29-49). Reston, VA: MENC.

Crow, B. (2006). Musical creativity and the new technology. Music Education Research, 8(1), 121-130.

Deturk, M. S. (2002). Critical and creative thinking. In E. Boardman (Ed.), Dimensions of musical learning and teaching: A different kind of classroom (pp. 39-53). Reston, VA: MENC.

Folkestad, G. (2006). Formal and informal learning situations or practices vs formal and informal ways of learning. British Journal of Music Education, 23(2), 135-145.

Green, L. (2006). Popular music education in and for itself, and for ‘other’ music: Current research in the classroom. International Journal of Music Education, 24(2), 101-118.

Hickey, M. (2009). At-risk teens: Making sense of life through music composition. In J. L. Kerchner & C. R. Abril (Eds.), Musical experience in our lives: Things we learn and meanings we make (pp. 199-215). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Education.



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