Examining Teachers Attitudes towards the Use of Popular Music in Formal Music Education

Sarah Morrison


Using Greens (2002) book: How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead for Music Education as a conceptual framework, this paper investigates teachers attitudes towards the use of popular music in formal music education. The main research question: What are the views of selected secondary school music teachers regarding the incorporation of popular music into formal music education? was examined through semi-structured interviews with four secondary school music teachers. Three central themes emerged from the data analysis: the justification of popular music in formal music education; elements of teaching practice affected by this inclusion; and the idea of tradition and authenticity in different styles of music. This paper summarizes the conceptual framework, methodology, analysis, and results used to produces these three themes.

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