Capstone/Dissertation Title

Popular music songwriting: a formal curriculum for the informally trained musician

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

In this capstone I will present the details of a course I have developed for high school rockers, rappers, singers and performers using integrated model of formal and informal learning. In this course students write original pop songs. Students learn the musical structure of popular music, working to answer the question, What do good songwriters do? They learn the technology and instruments that can help them achieve their desired sound. They collaborate, self-assess, and peer-assess. They learn their way around a recording studio and begin to understand the business side of the music industry. Students perform for the class and for hundreds of people, becoming performing artists.

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