Song Use: Day One

I’ll admit it:  I requested the Justin Bieber album for Christmas last year.  When my family so rudely refused to buy it I proceeded to download my favorites and now take to replicating them at the local Caribbean karaoke bar.  What can I say?  I’m a Belieber.

I like to think that I have great taste in music….for a fifth grade girl.  My students always make fun of my music taste and I normally allow the teasing because I’m a masochist and think I deserve the punishment for supporting “artists,” like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Justin Beiber.  I’m not ashamed, but I’m certainly not proud.

Even though my taste in music might not be “A” worthy, I do think it is important to find ways to incorporate music in the classroom (see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for great resources).  There are many documented sources about the positive effects of using music in the classroom.  It helps students to learn better, focus more closely, and connect more personally to literature.

A lot of teachers incorporate music as the central focus of a lesson by asking students to interpret song lyrics or connect it to a piece of literature; however, music has evolved into a highly sophisticated art form over the last five years, which has created a treasure trove of inspiration for English teachers.  There is much inspiration in the editing and production of music itself, thus prompting this week’s post.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I’m going to provide three ways music can be incorporated into the classroom in new ways.

Unfortunately, Justin Beiber will be absent from my lesson suggestions…even though I tried hard to find a way to incorporate “Somebody to Love” and “Baby.”

photo from MPBecker

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