A little tune goes a long way! Studies show that teaching children through songs actually helps them retain information in the classroom. Music helps keep boredom at bay by incorporating a creative element to the traditional academic setting.
The best part of sound is that it can be incorporated into any environment through a plethora of methods. A classroom doesn’t need many resources to be musical. For example, clapping, snapping, whistling, humming, stomping, jumping, and patting are all ways to make beats with the body. Keeping a playlist, either on Spotify or through a CD, is a convenient way to store music. Check out WeAreTeacher’s music compilation to find the perfect Spotify playlist or see the end of this blog post for some classroom-specific songs to use!
The science behind musical education is simple: Repetition through chorus helps reinforce concepts as new information presented in a catchy way will turn up in student’s heads. It’s helpful to tailor music with a specific subject. For history, sing period songs or ballads. Introduce math by breaking down songs into fractions and ratios. For science, in addition to teaching topics by song, music can be a great case study for pitch and wavelengths.
Music has positive effects beyond the classroom. Lyrics help children understand the impact of words, appreciate harmonies, and learn new concepts. Having an instinct for music and rhythm also translates to other areas of life. One example is casual reading. Studies show that good readers are that way because they are able to maintain a steady tempo in their heads.
Musical learning requires little to no training, making it the perfect activity to introduce into the classroom! Why not add a little do-re-mi to spark energy fa-so?
Songs for the Classroom (Youtube)
By Alice Wang