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  • Song ‘Red Sunset Glow’ To Be Printed in Textbook
  • [2011-02-24]
  • New music textbooks for high school students will contain more modern popular songs including idol groups’ songs.

    “Let’s listen to the songs ‘Red Sunset Glow’ sung by singer Lee Moon Sae and group Big Bang separately, and discuss the different characteristics of music made in different time period.” -- this context has been contained in the textbook published by Tae Sung Publishing Company, which is one of the revised music textbooks that had already been distributed to high schools across the country for upcoming new semesters, in the section of “Lesson 6 - Music of Our Age.” The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said on February 23 that three currently revised music textbooks, which had been qualified by the Ministry in July, 2010, contained more popular songs, including songs sung by idol groups who are currently still conducting activities such as Big Bang, to be tailored to current students.




    Tae Sung Publishing Company introduces the history of Korean popular songs from the 1920s, when popular songs were born, to the 2000s, when dance music and idol groups were created. It mentions singers such as Yoon Sim Deok, Lee Mi Ja, Sanulrim, and Cho Yong Phil, and then it discusses the music of the song “Red Sunset Glow” while suggesting students compare the original song by Lee Moon Sae made in 1988 and the remake song by Big Bang made in 2008. Another textbook published by Parkyoungsa also has a unit entitled “Our Popular Song” and contains various popular songs such as “Square's Dream” sung by Yoo Young Seok and “Four Season,” which has the lyrics beginning, “Even though red and yellow flowers are filling the garden.” The other textbook published by Kumsung Publishing Company also includes various songs such as “Arirang Mokdong” by Park Chun Seok and “I Know” by Seo Tai Ji and Boys.

    A person in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said, “Our music textbooks used to contain classical music or art songs, but those publishing companies have used content concerning popular songs and idol groups for the first time. These days, it has become the trend for textbooks in every subject to try to maximize the learning effect in students by giving them motivation.”

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