Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Music guest blog: Rock history in education

Guest blog by Deborah Lynch, Patel Conservatory music faculty. As the coordinator of our Rock School program, Lynch is attending the Rock and Roll Forever Summer Teachers' Institute in New York City.

I’m here on the exciting NYU/Steinhardt campus for the Rock and Roll Forever Summer Teachers’ Institute. I’ve joined a wonderfully talented group of 23 teachers from all over the world. I learned that there were 110 applicants for this inaugural education program, which will go live on the web at the end of September.

Rock and roll history is tied so cohesively to social studies and history that it is hard to imagine students receiving education in these subjects without it.

This week, the participants will be working on demonstration lesson plans. My group has a really fun assignment: hairstyles. For instance, how does an artist's changing hairstyles represent his/her growth as an artist; how do they represent the cultural changes in America? The example given to us was two photos of Diana Ross: how her hair looked when she was a member of The Supremes before she became a solo artist (an elegant up-do), and then how it looked at an exciting period of her solo career (an oversized Afro, which looked beautiful on her but not something I could have worn with any positive results!).  

It is unlikely that we will be meeting celebrities this week, but we will listen to lectures by some movers and shakers in the music business, including Rolling Stone Magazine's head writer, David Fricke.

Stay tuned!

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