Popular music and (r)evolution of the classroom space

Occupy Wall Street in the music school

Authored by: Nasim Niknafs , Liz Przybylski

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472464989
eBook ISBN: 9781315613444
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042013


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In a music department computer lab, two students use a Digital Audio Workstation to mix the sound of police sirens and aerosol cans over synth pop beats. From a dorm room, a student writes about punk’s potential to provide anti-capitalist commentary to the masses. Away from the music school, students craft their radio show to play popular music alongside commentary about the situations that songs critique. In a university classroom, a group of students in a music course listens to an indie musician who has made new music for Occupy Wall Street (OWS). 2 And at a local dance club, an engineering student DJs for a crowd thirsty to sweat off their daily routines and access an extraordinary experience.

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