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What Kind of Music Should Be Taught Intro to Music Education In the 1995 film Mr Hollands Opus the character Mr Holland was a high school music teacher He was starting to teach a music program that was in lack of a better word a disaster One of the problems he faced in the movie was students had no interest in the history of music When he said the word Beethoven or Bach the students immediately lost interest in the subject Catching an idea on how to get the students excited he began to play a rock n roll tune on the piano The kids sat up really quick all broke smiles and opened their minds They soon found out that what they were listening was not an original composition of a rock band but an arrangement of a piece that was written centuries ago This was only a movie However this situation will arise throughout your teaching career at one point or another and we must face it and use our knowledge to teach the students For the most part the only type of music that our students will know before taking a music class is new age music Some may have never heard an orchestra or be able to name you an orchestral work New age music should be included in every classroom as a basis of teaching music I have heard many musicians tell their students that rap is not music and that Rock N Roll is not music How can it not be music Well the truth is The musician who clamed it was not music is just stubborn and stuck on their way of life and most likely chooses to decline its musical validity I am going to look at a few major types of new age music and explain why each should be included in the teaching of music These styles are Rap Rock N Roll Country
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