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Bowman, W. D. (2004). "Pop" goes . . . ? Taking popular music seriously In Rodrigues, C.

(Ed.). Bridging the gap: Popular music and music education. US: MENC.
This article spoke of Taking popular music seriously and how it has been perceived over the
years. Familiarizing the classroom environment has been a large concern for teachers presently.
When learning about music of the past it is difficult to have students relate to it as intensely. If
outside of school students are listening to popular music then it us obvious that a classically
based curriculum will seem a bit bizarre. There is a very large disconnect with enjoyable music
and classroom music. Replacing the musical content that is being taught is not nearly as
straightforward as it may seem. The introduction of this new idea will change very little in the
classroom without examining how and why we are doing it. A change in the curricula must result
in a change of mind set for the teacher. It must be questioned what music education is, what it
means and who it is for before undergoing such radical classroom changes. The interest for
popular music should not revolve around the maintenance of the existing system, rather bring in
the possibilities for creative and critical thoughts. A question that the article arose was What is
Popularity?. Bowman tackled this developing definition by focusing on what popular music
entails. Popular music is intended for a broad audience without formal training. It generally
appeals to everyday people listening to music for the love of it. Popular music also tends to not
have to be played in a certain circumstance, place or at a certain time. It is music that can just be
played to listen to. With its emphasis on rhythm, timbre, and volume, it is music that you can
feel. The last section of the article, Bowman spoke on integrating popular music and education.
Popular music for some students can have an overfamiliarity which makes it difficult to be
concerned with developing skills, understandings, and dispositions. Although the students
interactions with popular music have been informal, what can we engage in that will be
educational yet unfamiliar for the students? This although is difficult to teach, it is important that
we dont underestimate the process of change. I is important that teachers take popular music
seriously in the classroom setting. Although students will have previous interactions with the
music, it is important to teach them something new about the music rather than what they already
know. I found this article very helpful in moving the teachers mind set away from the traditional
style classroom. It is a very interesting take on the integration of Popular music. Although this
article was very informative in regards to popular music, I feel that it lacked the information that
teachers need to integrate this challenging and difficult curriculum change into their classrooms.
I think the author could have tackled this idea in a more productive, teacher centered way.