• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

It's in the Mix - Music and Your Teenager

Extracts from this document...


It's in the Mix: Music and Your Teenager by Mike Nappa "I never really thought that being obnoxious would get me to where I am now," says Billie Joe Armstrong, the front man for mainstream alternative band, Green Day. Together with his bandmates, he routinely fills 15,000 seat stadiums and has sold millions of records to date. "When I play, I'm not a nice guy," he continues. "You know, when you get really drunk, and it's like this person inside you that wants to come out and be obnoxious? It's that same kind of thing. And then people like you for it. I don't get that." A lot of Green Day's fans are teenagers, and like Billie Joe, their parents don't "get that" either. After all, why would kids like yours want to listen to music that even its creator calls obnoxious? In fact, why do teenagers need music in the first place? Why do parents and teenagers often disagree about music? And what can parents and teenagers do to reach a middle ground? The answers to questions like these aren't always obvious, but that doesn't mean we can simply ignore the questions. Let's see what we can discover as we attempt to answer them now. Why Do Teenagers Need Music? There's no denying the fact that music has power in a teenager's life. ...read more.


But he saw value in setting aside his musical taste in order to take his daughter on a "date" to hear firsthand the Newsboys unique brand of in-your-face Christian lyrics and alternative music. His daughter seemed to appreciate it too. Halfway through the concert, she turned her attention from the stage and gave her father a long, heartfelt hug. That father also demonstrated another important factor when it comes to parents, teenagers, and music: Communication. Hefner underscores the that by saying, "The best way parents and kids can reach a middle ground is simply to communicate. To listen to music together, and be willing to discuss it in light of their beliefs. What does the music say? How does it represent the truth? And what is my response to it?" Dickerson also suggests we communicate our parental desire to see our children pursue spiritual health in their music choices. "I look at it the same way as I do nutrition," he says. "There are some foods that aren't necessarily healthy, but they taste good. And every once in a while, in moderation, they aren't a bad thing. But then again, you've got to know yourself. "To me the big thing is, and not with just music but with anything in my life, is this helping me to stay close in my walk with God or is this a distraction? ...read more.


They profess to be Christians and start every concert with a prayer. They're known to have a "squeaky clean" image. And several of their songs deal with excellent themes, like the hit, "Thank You," which is an expression of appreciation for the love and support they've received from their parents. The big flaw with Boyz II Men has been their willingness to sing sexually suggestive lyrics in songs like "I'll Make Love to You" and "Jezzebel." For that reason, this group might be bad for a teenager struggling with sexual temptation. However, if your teen's maturity level is such that he or she can skip past the occasional sex-focused songs, then Boyz II Men might otherwise be an enjoyable choice for the whole family. Christian Music Alternatives: Take 6 (Warner Alliance), La More (GospoCentric), Commissioned (Benson). SIDEBAR Teens and Music In his groundbreaking book, Understanding Youth Culture, Walt Mueller reveals these facts about teenagers and their music: �The average teenager listens to music four to six hours a day. �In the six years between ages 12 and 18, the average teenager will listen to about 10,500 hours of music. �Nine out of 10 teenagers tune in the radio at least once during the course of a normal day. �Ten- to 19-year-olds are the buyers in nearly one-fourth of all music sales in the U.S. �More than half of all teenagers "often" or "always" study while playing music. �Fifty-five million Americans subscribe to the youth-and-music focused MTV cable network. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    'Compare the presentation and content of the article in the Mirror and the article ...

    3 star(s)

    Finally, the writer chooses to end the piece talking about how most popular urban artists don't actually talk about guns and violence in their songs, '...the biggest selling urban acts today... are basically singing love songs.' In contrast, the Trevor Nelson article in the Mirror begins by talking about how

  2. Rock 'n' Roll.

    Woman Soon #27 Columbia DB8476 1968 Marianne/ Mr Nice #22 Columbia DB8503 1968 Don't Forget To Catch Me/ What's More #21 Columbia DB8548 1969 Good Times (Better Times)/ Occasional Rain #12 Columbia DB8581 1969 Big Ship/ She's Leaving You #8 Columbia DB8615 1969 Throw Down A Line/ Reflections #7 Columbia

  1. The subject of this dissertation is how feminist beliefs have been expressed in alternative ...

    (Straw 1991, p. 27) This explosion of creativity at the turn of the 1990s was in great part the result of a series of media, such as college radio stations, independent record labels and marketing companies, fanzines, and urban venue owners, that had sprung up over the 1980s to serve the alternative audience.

  2. The topic of this research essay is Music CD piracy. Piracy is generally used ...

    CDs have to be priced so that the creators of the music could recover their high costs because it is expensive to produce records. A Ukrainian artist named Katya Cilly has stated that she has seen pirated copies of her album sold in the street and this is really heartbroken

  1. I'm going to be talking to you about an interest of mine rap music ...

    Motivated by black on black violence Warren G used his status as a respected musician to negotiate a truce betwen rival groups in an LA neighbourhood. Jeru the Damja asked old school DJ Premier to produce his album "Wrath of the Math".

  2. The Arctic Monkeys album Whatever People Say I Am Thats What Im Not and ...

    Increased hits on the site means more powerful companies advertising in association with My Space, therefore leading to higher annual revenue for Murdoch. This shows evidence of the importance of internet advertising to modern business. Yahoo Music is another excellent promotional tool, which has a wide variety of music videos available free for public viewing.

  1. Investigate the ways in which hip hop music appeals to male and female audiences, ...

    the ages of 15 - 25 strongly agree with the statement that "Rap music videos portray Black women in bad and offensive ways."6 The huge success of 50 cent however, seems to contradict this, which would seem to imply that audiences are in fact able to separate this misogyny from the rapper himself.

  2. How helpful the concept of counter-culture is in understanding the changes that took place ...

    Some changes did not come through opposition or confrontation. As the decade wore on material changes to peoples lives increased in many places, such as Italy, to bring greater comfort and the introduction in some areas of electricity and lavatories for the first time.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work