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Professors' 'Critical Karaoke' Uses Music to Spark Discussion

"Critical Karaoke," an innovative public musicology endeavor begun by three Colorado College professors, is featured in an article titled "The Critical Karaoke Radio Project" in the latest issue of American Musicological Society. The project was founded by Steven Hayward, associate professor of English, novelist, and literary critic; Idris Goodwin, playwright, "hip-hopologist," and assistant professor of theatre; and Ryan Bañagale '00, assistant professor of music and author of the article.

In the piece, Bañagale describes the project - an hour-long, monthly program, "Critical Karaoke," and daily, 90-second modules called "A Day in the Life."

"These interrelated audio programs bridge the divide between scholarly and public audiences, introducing new perspectives and insights on both familiar and unknown encounters with music," writes Bañagale. "We hope to use music to inspire a wide-ranging, highly engaging, and uniquely diverse discussion of key themes not only in musicological scholarship, but also in the humanities more broadly."

To date, the trio has recorded, produced, and released five episodes of "Critical Karaoke" and 115 "A Day in the Life" modules. The programming can be accessed via their website or Facebook page, or via an iTunes podcast.

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