Rebecca Rinsema is author of the book Listening in Action: Teaching Music in the Digital Age (Ashgate/Routledge, 2017) as well as chapters and articles related to music listening technology and experience, enactive perception, popular music, and pedagogy. She regularly presents her work at music education, pop music studies, and media studies conferences. As a singer, she specializes in early music. Rinsema is Lecturer of Music in General Studies at Northern Arizona University where she teaches courses on the cultural study of rock and popular music; she has taught music to students ranging from pre-k to university level.
Toward an Expansion of Music Literacy: How to Explore ‘Meaning’ in the Music Classroom
In this presentation, I introduce a new way to conceive of music literacy--one that is linked directly to music as an aural, rather than a written phenomenon--and demonstrate how music teachers and students can interpret music as it is heard and experienced. I present two case studies (Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ and Underwood’s ‘Before he Cheats’), that exemplify how teachers and students can interpret popular music in the classroom using social, political, and aesthetic frameworks.