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Title: A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching the Blues in the Music Classroom
Author: Balagurchik, James
Advisor(s): Dalby, Bruce
Committee Member(s): Carlow, Regina
Kostur, Glenn
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Music
Subject(s): blues, music, education
LC Subject(s): Blues (Music)-- Instruction and study
Multicultural education
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to provide music educators with suggestions of how to make the blues a part of their instruction and present this unique art form as a vibrant and ‘living’ genre critical to the understanding of our own American musical heritage. This thesis explores the music, history and culture, viewing ‘music as culture,’ and the African-American tradition whose contribution defines so much of our American music. It discusses the ways in which the blues can fit into a comprehensive and discipline-based approach to music education that satisfies the goals as set forth by the National Standards for Music Education and, in so doing, broaden educators’ pedagogical approach to teaching the blues. This discussion stresses the importance of creating a classroom culture that parallels the way music is learned and practiced in the blues community, fostering an authentic understanding of the blues through singing, listening, movement, improvisation, composition, and, ultimately, performing. It is shown how a study of the blues can provide our students with new practical possibilities and perspectives for experiencing and generating music.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20752

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