Disney music can be SO USEFUL for theory teachers!
Even a tiny snippet, like this one from Newsies (name that tune?), can help us teach our students so much:
- simple/compound meter
- extended harmony / added dissonance
- parallel intervals
- blue notes
Personally, I'm excited to have an alternative to Bernstein's "America" (from West Side Story) when teaching about hemiola effects! And that's just scratching the surface of what Disney music can do for our teaching.
p.s. If you'd like to support my blog, I invite you to buy me a "cup of tea" over at http://Ko-Fi.com/DisneyMusicTheory…. I'm currently raising money to buy more songbooks (Frozen, Moana, Brave). This will help me help you find even more useful ways of using Disney music to teach music theory!
Samantha Zerin has a PhD in historical musicology from New York University, and has taught music theory at NYU, Brown University, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is also a composer and poet, and teaches private students. To learn more about Dr. Zerin and her work, you can visit her main website, www.CreativeShuli.com