School of Music
Doctor of Music Education (DME)
popular music listening curriculum, secondary music, popular music, music listening, elements of music, music appreciation
Education | Music
Berlin, Micki Michele, "A Model for the Development of a Popular Music Listening Curriculum" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4100.
Secondary schools in Texas typically only offer performance-based ensembles to students as their music options. These classes require public performances, extracurricular time commitments, and financial obligations. Because of these and other issues, many students select non-music classes to fulfill their fine arts graduation requirements. Although it can be passive in nature, listening is how most people interact with music. Unfortunately, listening-based curricula are rarely available to secondary students. Where music appreciation classes are offered, the music studied is often outdated and unfamiliar to students. This qualitative study identified the pedagogical components present in an existing classical music listening curricula. These components were used as a model for the development of a lesson framework, allowing music educators to incorporate popular music into any secondary music class. Secondary music educators were given sample popular music listening lessons based on the framework developed and later interviewed to record their reactions.