Popular Music Pedagogy: Tunesmithing History, by Michael J. Kramer

by Victor Szabo on November 17, 2015

Michael J. Kramer, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Northwestern University, takes a novel approach to teaching Tin Pan Alley song for his US Popular Music History course. “This assignment,” he writes, “works well not because it asks students to get creative in their understanding of the past, but rather because it asks them to get uncreative.” Read about “Tunesmithing History, Tin Pan Alley imitation for historical inquiry” here, on Prof. Kramer’s blog.

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