Commercial and Popular Music in Higher Education brings together working examples of pedagogy in emerging areas of popular and commercial music to offer practical insights and provide a theoretical framework for today’s music educators. Written by a diverse group of experts, the eight chapters address a range of contemporary contexts, including digital instrument ensembles, digital audio workstations, hip hop courses, pop vocal performance, rock bands, studio production, and more.
Considering both the challenges and the benefits of integrating commercial and popular music into teaching, the contributors explore how doing so can enhance student learning. The authors show how a constructivist approach to music pedagogy enables student-led, real-world learning in higher education, and consider how diversity, equity, and inclusion intersect with teaching popular music performance. Compiling experiences and expert resources, this book provides a vital framework for all instructors teaching commercial and popular music.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Commercial and Popular Music in Higher Education (Jonathan R. Kladder) / Chapter 1: Constructivism: An Epistemology for Commercial and Popular Music in Higher Education (Jonathan R. Kladder and Jazzmone Sutton) / Chapter 2: From Tin Pan Alley to Trending: Remixing Ragtime and South Asian Popular Music with Digital Audio Workstations (Adam Patrick Bell and Oshadhee Satarasinghe) / Chapter 3: The Electronic Digital Instrument: What Does it Mean to Develop Musical Skill with a Computer? (Michael Bierylo) / Chapter 4: Behind the Music: Digital Music Instrument Ensembles (David A. Williams) / Chapter 5: The Popular Music Vocal Studio: Considerations for Creating an Effective Curriculum (Kat Reinhert) / Chapter 6: You Want to Play John Mayer?: Considering Rock Bands as Learner-Centered Music Making in Higher Education (Jonathan R. Kladder) / Chapter 7: Have No Fear, Hip Hop Is Here!: Creating Place and Space for Hip Hop in Higher Education (Thomas E. Taylor, Jr.) / Chapter 8: A Way Forward: Implications and Suggestions for Emerging Music Teacher Educators (Radio Cremata)
Jonathan R. Kladder is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.