What do I say to a student ...? (pop music)
Date: August 29, 2013
What do I say to my 5th-12th grade students who frequently ask me to sing "more modern music of their generation." I don't mind doing some contemporary arrangements if they're good. But so many are just plain awful!! How do I explain to a 10 year old that it isn't my job to teach them what is on the radio. But to expose them to the rich heritage of HUNDREDS of years of music that is out there?
"Mr. W., why are we singing this old stuff? Why don't we sing something that's from our generation on the radio and stuff." Is the question that is posed to me on a weekly basis. What do you say to your students/ensemble members.
Our school is too small to have a show choir or jazz ensemble, much less the talent to sing complicated well arranged pop/rock/show tunes.
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