PopularMusic Popular Music Mass-disseminated music of recent centuries. The 18 th and 19 th centuries saw the development, chiefly in Europe and America, of a genre distinct from both folk and classical or art music. It differed from the form in being composed and notated and in developing a musical style not distinctive of a certain region or ethnic group. Though many early pieces of popular music shared general features with classical music of the day, they were briefer and simpler, making fewer demands on both performer and listener. – The New Harvard Dictionary of Music Mass audience Short “life spans” Simple forms and structure
Serious vs Popular Connotations their music elitist upper class older people then requiring subsidy our music populist lower class younger people now commercial
Music lies on a spectrum Serious music is used in pop culture Popular music has the potential to be serious music The lines that are drawn between styles are generally arbitrary and self-serving
Serious vs Popular Connotations their music elitist upper class older people then requiring subsidy our music populist lower class younger people now commercial a variety of music from a variety of people from different times for different uses
Music Education Student disconnect Teacher bias
Recommendations Start with what they know Mix relevance with history Use popular music and serious music interchangeably to teach concepts Eliminate the global use of the term “classical music”
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