Teaching the Music Press: Revised Edition (paperback) – Cath Davies with Christine Bell

98pp   £30.00   ISBN: 978-1-906733-66-7   November 2012

The first issue of Billboard magazine was published in the United States in 1894 and, over a century later, the music press is still going strong, albeit in a number of different permutations. Teaching the Music Press provides a detailed profile of the contemporary music publication market in the Britain and highlights all the pertinent issues that arise. Written with Media Studies teachers of both GCSE and A level in mind, Teaching the Music Press:

  • provides a detailed selection of case studies, from Kerrang! to Top of the Pops magazine, which assess historical background, mode of address, content and approach to music;
  • stresses the integration of historical perspectives into the teaching of contemporary examples – for example, the range of incarnations of NME;
  • covers all the Key Concepts of Media Studies within the context of the music press, from genre-specific publications and the lifestyle representations presented within, to a thorough analysis of the relationship between the music press and other media industries (institutions);
  • offers a wide-ranging selection of over 30 worksheets – including stimulus material – to enable the delivery of all the relevant areas in the classroom;
  • includes a suggested scheme of work for planning lessons on the music press over a term.

Liberally illustrated, Teaching the Music Press is a self-contained scheme of work for this long established but ever-changing medium that is sure to prove popular with teachers and students alike.

Cath Davies is currently a lecturer on the Broadcast Media and Popular Culture undergraduate course at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She has been involved with A level Media Studies and Film since 1994 in a range of roles including lecturer, assistant examiner and moderator.
Introduction: Content and teaching approaches
Timeline: Important developments within the music press
Section 1: Case studies for textual analysis (codes and conventions)
1.1 Case study: Kerrang!
1.2 Case study: Top of the Pops
1.3 Case study: NME
1.4 Case study: The Word
Section 2: Key concepts and issues
2.1 Genre and representation in the music press
2.2 Case study: Gender representation and the music press
2.3 Studying institutions: The relationship between the music press and other media industries
2.4 Studying audience: Teen readers to the older market
2.5 Readers as journalists: The fanzine
Section 3: Student activities and teaching resources
3.1 Textual analysis of codes and conventions
3.2 Genre and representation
3.3 Institution and audience

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