Reply To: Contemporary music in the chorus classroom
And vice versa: you may overhear them singing along to the radio with better breath support and taller vowels! For me the main benefit of teaching pop music is simply showing that it can be “taught” and “learned” and worked on seriously like any other music. So often we assume that only pop music is fun and only “legit” music is educationally sound. There are lots of high-quality pieces by outstanding composers that get kids just as excited as pop music, if not even more so. Likewise, a great arrangement of an appropriate pop song gets kids thinking about advanced harmony and might spark some interesting conversations.