Still, music plays a role in my class, one I’m thinking of expanding.
See, I’m a big fan of the weekly cycle. Each week my students are required to master a grammar/writing skill, a reading strategy, a word part, a graphophonemic pattern and corresponding spelling words, and a thematically relevant vocabulary list. The above are displayed, introduced, developed, practiced, and assessed in remarkably similar ways throughout the thirty-six weeks of the year.
To this list I’m thinking of adding a certain style of music, or prevalent artist, that would expand my students’ conception of music beyond the exhaustive categories of “rock,” “rap,” “country,”
and “Mexican.” I just need 36 different categories.
- 1920s Blues
- 1950s rock’n’roll
- 60s hippie rock
- 80s power pop
- 80s Monster Ballads (nuff said)
- Accoustic folk punk
- Billie Holiday
- Blue Note era Jazz
- Boston College Millennium Mix (Bruce, Billy, Guster, Dave, Ice Cube)
- Bruce Springstein
- Chucky Mingus
- Dance/ Electronica
- Females and their pianos (Tori, Sarah, Fiona, Regina)
- German classical
- Highly edited contemporary hip-hop
- Jimi Hendrix
- Johnny Cash
- Old-school hip-hop
- Otis Redding
- Ramones and their derivatives
- Ska (the first version)
- Trendy MTV style emo
So I need eight more. Genre or artist. Help me help them.