Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Using Music in the Classroom, Part 2

Quick tip: Use an iPod and plug directly into classroom speakers to that you always have music ready to go quickly.  I was using my laptop and I was always had to move from my desk over to where the speaker hookup was located.  That time wasted without music is a missed opportunity.  I created playlists for each type of activity: feel-good music (for when the students come into class), work time music (instrumental music for reading or group work) and transition music (upbeat songs with faster beats per minute to help speed up transitions).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Using Music In The Classroom

I've been finding some pretty cool stuff online on the subject of using music in the classroom.  While using music allows you to use your creativity, there are a few guidelines that help maximize the experience.

First of all, while students are working, it is best to use instrumental music.  This doesn't necessarily have to mean classical music.  I've been using jazz quite a bit and it creates a cool, coffee shop kind of working environment.  I also suggest checking out Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.  Very cool instrumental stuff that doesn't sound old and stuffy.

I'll start posting some of my sample playlists shortly.  Stay tuned...