I LOVE using music in my classroom every day! It is motivating, cultural, popular, fun, and if you ask my students years later what they loved most about my class they will most likely tell you it was dressing up and acting things out and MUSIC! I’d love to share with you some of the ways I use music and hopefully you will leave a comment and let me know your favorite ways of incorporating music in your classes too!
My students receive a large music packet each semester. We spend about 1 1/2 weeks on each song. We begin class every day by listening to the song, and students are expected to have the lyrics out and follow along, and singing is ENCOURAGED but never forced. I have several words/phrases underlined that students are expected to know for the quiz we have at the end of the 1 1/2 weeks. After we listen for several days we do a practice cloze quiz (included in the packet).
Additional activities that I may or may not do for each song:
Extra cloze activity with a secret message.
Lyric line-up (put lyrics strips in order while listening – best in a small group)
Musical slap and grab with vocab picture cards
Storytelling with the song or with a music video
Connect a song to something else we are studying
Use a song to highlight a grammatical pattern
Use a song to compare cultures
Read about the artist performing the song
A reading which turns the song into a story
Use lyrics to create a “found poem”
Use blubbr.com to make a trivia activity based on a youtube music video
Lyricstraining.com example with Yerbatero by Juanes
Dance contests or flash mobs (Waka Waka is a fun song to try!)
Use a song as transition or “worktime” music or during passing time between classes.
How do YOU use music to spark learning in your classes?