The Origins of Western Music and Its Influence on Modern Popular Music: Teaching Music Through a Musical Exploration of Seven Countries
School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Classical Music, Music Appreciation, Music Education, Popular Music
Music | Music Education | Music Pedagogy
Hatt, Johanna KateLyn, "The Origins of Western Music and Its Influence on Modern Popular Music: Teaching Music Through a Musical Exploration of Seven Countries" (2019). Masters Theses. 553.
The topics of music history and music appreciation cover a wide range of composers and musical contributions that at times, can be overwhelming to a student who does not have any musical knowledge. Through limiting the music appreciation course to the discussion of composers’ works from various countries, students are able to learn about the important contributions those composers and countries had to music, including modern popular music. This topic will bring value to the field of music education as it offers an alternative approach to the traditional method of teaching a music history course. With this holistic approach to the instruction of music history, students will be able to see the social and cultural impacts on the compositions and composers of various countries. Using their critical thinking skills, students will be able to connect the influence that compositions from various countries have had on modern music through analysis, classroom discussion, and personal projects.