Human Development, Popular Music and Schooling

By Carole Richardson and Warnie James Richardson.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In this paper, the authors will discuss how, in a practical way, popular music can be introduced to students in the classroom as an effective means through which critical listening and thinking skills can be developed and enhanced, and then utilized across different subject areas. The authors detail how exploration of popular music can empower students by providing them with a platform upon which their personal interests and individual areas of expertise can be validated and celebrated.

Keywords: At Risk Student, Popular Music, Thinking Skills, Listening Skills, Teaching Strategies

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.135-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.771KB).

Dr. Carole Richardson

Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies - Music Methods, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Carole Richardson is currently an Assistant Professor of Music within the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University in northern Ontario, Canada. Prior to arriving at Nipissing, Dr. Richardson taught music and conducted choirs in both Canada and the Caribbean.

Dr. Warnie James Richardson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Warnie Richardson is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. His doctoral work and most of his writing to date have focused on the life experiences of juvenile delinquents and the incredible resiliency of at-risk or marginalized adolescents. Prior to arriving at Nipissing, he was a Special Education teacher/educational assessor for sixteen years, all in very hard-to-serve educational environments in both Canada and the Caribbean.


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