Switched On Pop Lesson Plan: Song Perspectives


by Sarah Gulish 

This is an eBook for digital download.

This resource was created as a collaboration between F-flat Books and the podcast, Switched on Pop (SOP). Intended for secondary level music classrooms, students explore songwriting and lyrical perspective through the song, Driver’s License, by Olivia Rodrigo. This resource includes a teaching guide and editable student worksheets. 


This resource was created as a collaboration between F-flat Books and the podcast, Switched on Pop (SOP). Lesson 1 is being offered as a freebie during the fall of 2022. 

These lesson plans are intended for secondary-level music students. Through the podcast SOP, students can explore and apply musicianship concepts related to the analysis of popular music. These lessons are designed to be accessible for various skill and ability levels and applicable to multiple educational settings (i.e., large ensembles, electives, general music classes, etc.).

About Switched on Pop

A podcast about the making and meaning of popular music hosted by musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding. In conversation with leading artists, songwriters and producers, Switched On Pop breaks down pop songs to figure out what makes a hit and its place in culture. Listeners will come away finding “a-ha” moments in their favorite music.  Published by Oxford University Press, their book Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works and Why it Matters illuminates the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs.

How to use this lesson plan

This lesson plan can be used as an isolated, one-day lesson or as jumping-off points to entire units centered on the concepts of lyrical perspective

This lesson plan includes editable worksheets for students and a teaching guide including Concepts, Objectives, and Procedures. 

Product design by Jadyn Gulish



Sarah Gulish

About the Author

Sarah Gulish holds a Ph.D in music education from Temple University. Since 2007, Sarah has taught at Lower Moreland High School located in Pennsylvania in the U.S.A.. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at SUNY Buffalo State and Temple University. Her teaching centers on creativity and she is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and clinician at the state, national, and international levels. Her experience as a popular musician has influenced her curricula and philosophy as a music educator and is detailed in her book, Creativity in the Classroom: An Innovative Approach to Integrate Music Education.

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