Finding a Purpose in the Poetry of Pop: Educating Character Through Song Lyrics

  • Aidan Thompson (Chair)

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsConference, workshop or symposium


This paper builds on the premise that pop song lyrics can be treated as pieces of poetry, de-coupled from their musical accompaniment, and used specifically as educational tools in the development of positive character in schools. Exploring Adam Bradley's investigation of the relationship between lyrics and music, this paper considers the 'how' and the 'why' listening to, and more specifically reading of, pop song lyrics can 'better one's being' and aid one's character development. This paper highlights particular examples of well-known pop songs that can be used for this purpose.
Period19 Jul 201821 Jul 2018
Event titleEducating Character Through the Arts
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational