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From Dylan to Donne: Bridging English and Music

Brock Dethier

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ISBN 10: 0867095326 / ISBN 13: 9780867095326
Published by Heinemann, 2003
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Title: From Dylan to Donne: Bridging English and ...

Publisher: Heinemann

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Every life has a soundtrack, especially during high school and college, when we tend to live passionately and develop lifelong tastes. And everyone identifies with song lyrics that voice the love, angst, frustration, and anger we all feel at times. Brock Dethier takes advantage of students' identification with music and turns students' musical enthusiasms into material for learning and self-expression. Analyzing music and its effects makes students think. Besides, "it's the cheapest, easiest, most fun tool we can use in our classrooms," says Dethier-no small thing for educational institutions smarting from budget cuts.

As Dethier demonstrates, music provides an effective way to introduce and explain virtually everything about literature and composition-from the importance of leads to the concept of the unreliable narrator, from the value of radical revision to romantic irony. Both teachers and students benefit from listening to music with focused attention and from analyzing their reactions just as they analyze texts. Each chapter of this book presents a different way in which music can help students see, understand, appreciate, and analyze aspects of literature, composition, and our world. And each chapter provides teachers with specific suggestions for assignments, activities, and new approaches to difficult concepts.

It takes only a few minutes each day to make the musical connection. And it requires no experience as a musician or music critic to enjoy and use this book. Teachers just need to apply the book's insights to their own classes and to let students be the experts on the current music scene. For a fresh tack in English class, bridge English and music-wake up even the most bored and alienated students and make them eager to read, write, and rock.

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Brock Dethier has been using music to teach English for twenty years. Currently an assistant professor at Utah State University, he lives with his wife and two children in Cache Valley, Utah. His previous Heinemann book, The Composition Instructor's Survival Guide, has helped writing teachers across the country worry less and enjoy their work more.

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