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Singing and song writing (including rap and hip hop) play an important role in lives of young people, impacting on their personal and social identity formation by providing a creative vehicle to connect with others, express and generate meaning. Through practical music and arts activities, research and discussion, this subject investigates the role of singing and song writing for young people as a form of cultural and artistic expression and as a positive influence on wellbeing, social and educational engagement. The subject explores the ways young people use music, including digital technologies and the internet, to compose, perform and record for their audiences both real and virtual. Classes will involve practical singing and song writing activities alongside research inquiries involving virtual and real-life youth music site visits, readings and discussion. Students will explore the many ways young people engage in singing and song writing and the significance and meanings which can derive from these activities. Opportunities will be provided to engage with digital music technologies, musical instruments and recording studio sessions. No prior experience with music making is required.
Intended learning outcomes
- develop understanding of the ways singing and song writing supports young people's wellbeing, social and educational engagement and creative, artistic and emotional expression
- develop understanding of the ways young people use singing and song writing for expressing values, beliefs and personal and cultural identity
- develop and reflect on informal collaborative singing and song writing processes as a basis for learning, and creative and artistic practice
- explore working collaboratively in informal music making groups
- explore contemporary music technologies, including digital audio production and recording technology and desktop software
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse settings
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Last updated: 9 June 2021