Music at reagan
WRITTEN BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Music is a powerful force. It can influence emotions, get bodies movin’, and inspire change! With great power, comes great responsibility. Reagan’s DJ club has a duty to the student body to exemplify the ten IB characteristics when sharing music with the school. The Editorial board has noticed a lack of variety in the music that is played during the fun Fridays, all-school dances, and prom. In hopes to remedy the situation the Editorial board has suggestions for the members of DJ Club.
The Board agrees that DJ club already excels at communicating. They are sharing current language and ideas throughout the school through music! However, their DJ skills can develop if they expand their knowledge of the different genres of music that are available and what is current in today’s society. Rap, Pop, and Hispanic genres make up the majority of the music that is played at school events. There are far more than just these three genres that DJ club should have access to. The genres include, but are not limited to…
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A way to incorporate these genres would be by simply researching a current list of the 50 most popular songs. Including this variety would ultimately result in a more balanced music experience.
Just like anyone in a state of power, DJ club needs to be principled by morally performing their duties to appeal to the masses. This characteristic ties into being caring. In this case, caring would be honestly taking into consideration music requests and, without bias, playing some of those requests. An anonymous student decided to comment on the DJ’s clubs response to requests, “I requested Bohemian Rhapsody at a dance, it never got played. I waited for it all night.” An anonymous DJ also commented on their request system, “I take requests as long as we have the music. It’s difficult to get something if it is less popular...A lot of the DJs tend to ignore the needs of the one to focus on the needs of the many.” One solution is, the DJ club can list the requests, in order of which they were received in, and play them in said order, interspersed with the songs that were already planned for the event. Another way to improve their fulfillment of requests would be to expand the amount of music they have access to. These ideas would demand some risk-taking and open-mindedness when playing a song that is not as popular or well known.
The Editorial Board hopes DJ club will reflect on the ten IB characteristics as a way to develop their skills as DJs and improve their audience’s experience.