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Freedom of Choice: Popular Music and Album Reviews

Abstract

I plan on discussing the importance of students being able to write about popular music by doing critical reviews on albums by various artists in different genres and time periods. I talk about album reviews since albums are pieces of art that open space for conversations and dialogues on the nature of reality as socially constructed through language. By doing album reviews, students are able to critically analyze music in different social and political contexts that have many rhetorical situations. My goal is to talk about my First Year Experience History of Rock-n-Roll class and how my university students navigate through the course doing album reviews and how they see the world through writing about music. I also discuss the impact of albums by artists such as Public Enemy, Devo, David Bowie, and the Velvet Underground and how their music changed and influenced how we understand the construction of albums and music.

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My goal is to talk about my First Year Experience History of Rock-n-Roll class and how my university students navigate through the course doing album reviews and how they see the world through writing about music. I talk about album reviews since albums are pieces of art that open space for conversations and dialogues on the nature of reality as socially constructed through language. By doing album reviews, students are able to critically analyze music in different social and political contexts that have many rhetorical situations.

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Popular music, Album reviews, Social construction, First year experience

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Forsyth

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Jun 9th, 3:45 PM Jun 9th, 5:00 PM

Freedom of Choice: Popular Music and Album Reviews

Forsyth

I plan on discussing the importance of students being able to write about popular music by doing critical reviews on albums by various artists in different genres and time periods. I talk about album reviews since albums are pieces of art that open space for conversations and dialogues on the nature of reality as socially constructed through language. By doing album reviews, students are able to critically analyze music in different social and political contexts that have many rhetorical situations. My goal is to talk about my First Year Experience History of Rock-n-Roll class and how my university students navigate through the course doing album reviews and how they see the world through writing about music. I also discuss the impact of albums by artists such as Public Enemy, Devo, David Bowie, and the Velvet Underground and how their music changed and influenced how we understand the construction of albums and music.