Jack Black energizing his 5th grade students in the popular film School of Rock was a powerful reminder of the powers of music. Chances are that if you’re a teacher, your approach to using or teaching music in your class may not be the same as in the film. So even if you’re short a couple of guitars or a drumset needed for the class band, there’s still no shortage of ways to engage students in the wonders of music.
A Scholastic Instructor article shares not only what some of the benefits of music are, but also offers more accessible ways it can and does play a meaningful role in classrooms. Since being “accessible” is one of the key ingredients for group success in class, the following are several articles about activities which can be accomplished with a boombox or personal media player/recorder, found already in most classrooms.
- The benefits of “Repetitive” exercises with a personal media player
- Intergrating Vocal Recording into classroom activities
- Listening to and Recording Children’s Songs onto an MP3 player
- Using the remote control to lead songs
- Slow down or speed up songs for learning dances
So in addition to performances, sing-alongs, games, karaoke, and language learning activities, you can now add other classroom benefits to music activities.