Music in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom: Improving the Whole Student Through Analysis of Contemporary Music


Summer 8-15-2014



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kathryn Campbell

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Molly Cirillo

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Rhea Schwalbach


This capstone addresses, the question: How can secondary social studies teachers use contemporary music as primary sources to help the student as a whole, academically, socially and emotionally? The motivating factor for this capstone was the desire to integrate contemporary music into the classroom while encouraging more participation and interest as well as catering to a variety of learning styles with the task of analyzing primary sources. This capstone details how social studies teachers can add music into different units using historical context and background of a song. The author developed five detailed lesson plans with a variety of uses and topics for the middle school social studies classroom.


Curriculum, Music

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