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12 Days of #EdTech-mas #EdTech: The Gift of Music

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"The hills are alive with the sound of music." Be honest, some of you sang that in your head while reading.

The Rules


There are many ways of incorporating music into the classroom and the benefits of doing so are almost endless. There are simple rules to follow if one is going to implement music into the classroom.
  • Be Consistent 
  • Do Not Overuse It 
  • Have a Purpose 
  • Make Sure It Is School Appropriate 
One may note the similarity of incorporating music to incorporating technology into the classroom. Most important, music must serve a purpose. For example, I used  music to prompt the bell ringer in my classroom. When students entered, I would already have the music playing. This would let students know to get to work as soon as they entered. When the music ended, students knew they had about 30 seconds before we would begin discussing the bell ringer activity. This was a daily use of music, following the consistency rule. However, this was the only activity I used this music for. This followed the "Do Not Overuse It" rule.

The Classroom Playlist

I came across another idea to implement music called the "Classroom Playlist." See more information below.

See more in this article:
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/brent-vasicek/music-to-manage-your-classroom/

Also See the "Classroom Playlist" Idea here
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/home/


Music in Lessons


Excerpt from "The Oregon Trail: Deluxe Edition" for Windows 95

This song was part of a lesson I did on "Music of the Westward Expansion." Students found music and applied meaning to the lyrics through research of the west. A very successful lesson to auditory learners as well as the musically inclined.

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