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Morgan Segro

11 December 201
Edu 218

Music in the Classroom

Music a part of our everyday society so it is not a surprise that music is
being implemented into the classroom. Not everyone may agree with the
uses of music in the classroom. But personally I do think it is beneficial. The
students should feel at ease and calm while in the classroom and I think
music is beneficial to this experience. I feel as if students should feel
comfortable in the classroom and want to learn. Being a teacher the job to
have the students benefit from the learning is all up to myself.
I was always familiar with having music in my classroom while growing.
Just last semester in one of my college classes the teacher incorporated
music everyday. Each time we walked into the classroom the teacher was
playing music. It always made me excited to get there. Also it gave me a
different look at my teacher and what kind of music he was interested in and
if we had the same common music taste. Once the music was turned off we
knew that the class was about to start. Also if we were doing group he would
play music and when the music turned off we knew it was time to stop
talking and get back to class. When I was in high school during tests we
would listen to music as well. It would be relaxing music such as Beethoven
and Mozart. I was told this was supposed to be calming and helps students
focus. Sometimes I would get lost in the music instead of focusing or the
music was too loud. I did understand the benefits of it overall.
As a teacher I want to use music in my classroom because in my life I
use music everyday. I always have music playing. Whether it be walking from

class to class, working out, hanging out in my dorm room or sleeping, music
is being played. Being a teacher I will have to reach out to the music teacher
at the building and get ideas from him or her about using music in the
classroom. Also I like how the students are able to have music as a special
and they are incorporating it into the classroom. When I was younger I
always enjoyed learning about music and always had the urge to learn how
to play different instruments. I had a piano when I was younger I was able to
learn how to use. Also I had to learn an instrument when I was in 5th grade
for the band. Then when I was in first grade I learned how to play recorder. I
really liked how music was put on the students lives at such a young age. It
is very beneficial and just a part of life.
As a future educator I should take advantage of music that is
surrounding me and see how I could use it in the future in the classroom. As I
listen to music I have to keep the question in mind, How Could I use this in
my classroom? For example, when I am watching a movie I could hear songs
that are for the classroom. Either it be for the atmosphere of the song of the
lyrics. I can vary the music that the students are listening to as well. It can
be blues, classical, Christian or even country. I can even have the students
bring in music that they enjoy. I really think music brings people together and
creates a welcoming environment.
Andrea H. Antepenko states that music deepens students engagement
with academic content and enriches the learning community. She played We
Look like Men of War for her 5th graders. Her students were able to enter the

mind-set of the black soldiers from the 54th regiment trudging back from a
U.S. Civil War battle. As a teacher she could notice that the music was able
to enhance the classroom environment and the working of the students
minds. She plays music for her students as they come into her work each
morning and sometimes plays it throughout the day. Andrea plays
instrumental music during classwork and sometimes the students join her for
lunch to share music. Music being played during tests is sometimes
beneficial but silence is also important for learning as well. Lyrics can
sometimes be distracting in the classroom. The lyrics can be beneficial in
other ways when they are important and the students need to focus on the
meaning. The music is used to create the atmosphere the teacher wants
their classroom to be. For example, if Andrea wanted her students to feel
good about being in school and motivated to get their assignment she would
play soft jazz without lyrics. The music that is being played usually is
corresponded to the period in history that her and her students are
exploring. The students respond well when there is writing in response to a
piece of music. She also used math to introduce and reinforce math, science,
social studies and grammar concepts. Music enhances a learning
environment and makes instruction more effective (Ascd).
I was able to talk to three of my current teachers about how they have
or would use music in their classrooms. I was able to talk to Karen Harris,
Debra Fedyna and Jan Webler. The first teacher I was able to communicate
with was Karen Harris. Karen shared with me that she thinks music in the

classroom is a calming factor for students. It is helpful especially for the

students who had ADHD, emotional disorders, autism or were fidgety. She
would also have music that was played softly. Such as classical or
instrumental music.
The next teacher I was able to talk with was Debra Feyna. She shared
with me that she always tried to incorporate music into her elementary
classroom. If her students were studying a particular country or culture she
would ask the music teacher to teacher her class songs from that country. In
her classroom she studied Christmas around the world each year so she had
CDs of Christmas Carols in German, Italian, Swedish and so on. This gave
the students the opportunity to learn about each country and their Christmas
customs. She also did a unit in her classroom on China and she was able to
find Chinese songs as well as videos to use in the classroom to teach the
students how to count and say the color names in Chinese. She played
classical music during art projects as it was relaxing for her students. She
explained that she has seen research that shows classical music boosts
achievement. Every morning Debra played an exercise clip for her students
that contained lively music as well as a song to sing while the students got
their exercise. She also played instrumental music clips while her students
wrote poetry, learning about adjectives and even wrote scary stories. She
had CDs that were made up of depict certain things including rainforest
sounds, outer space sounds, Halloween sounds, etc. At the end of the day
she would let her students pick songs from a playlist of popular music at the

time to play while they were packing up their things to leave for the day.
Debra did not see a lot of cons for playing music in the classroom as long as
it was related to what her students were doing and the kids understood that
the music they were listening to was to help them learn. She had a rule that
stated that the students had to be listening and not disruptive while the
music was playing as the students were meant to be at work during the
music. Her class often discussed the music and how it helped them learn
after listening to varieties of pieces. She let her students sing along if they
wished to the music at the end of the day they could dance and have fun
while they were getting ready to leave when the dismissal bell rang.
The last teacher I was able to speak with was Jan Webler. She shared
with me that she did use music in her elementary classroom. Music was
played when there was a transition between activities. She found it helpful to
calm the students down after recess and gym. Instructionally she was able to
use music to help the students learn math facts. Some students were able to
sing words rather than read them when they were learning to sound blend
letter sounds into words. When Jan taught middle school they used rap music
when they were learning poetry. Also it was used to tell historical event
stories in social studies. Her middle school students loved using music to
express themselves. Overall music is a great tool that can be used to help
students learn.
Music can be used to help the students during language arts. Music
can be used to help control a classroom environment or to support the

content within the class. It can be used to signal different transitions within
the class as well as to serve as a writing prompt itself. I was able to find 8
different activities that can use music in the classroom for language arts. The
first activity was using songs to teach academic vocabulary. Music can be
used as an aid for memorization. Schoolhouse Rock and Princeton Review
Vocab Minute podcast are also very useful tools. The next activity is to use
lyrics as poetry. The students can circle the nouns and underline the action
verbs to help them work through the poetry. The students can use songs as
writing prompts. A certain song can be playing and the students can write
whatever is on their mind as a response to what the song is. Music is also an
aid to role-playing. For example, music from the different nations playing,
national anthems and processional marches as the students can role play as
ambassadors to the United Nations. Commercial jingles are a great way to
show that people are writing persuasively in many genres and in many
modalities. The students can write to respond to it or write their own. Music
reviews are persuasive but also a form of literary analysis. Lastly music can
be use to take syn-naps. This is used to wake up the brain. Creating a
common experience with your students is what ones classroom should be all
about (Wolpet-Gawron, Heather).
As said by Ludwig van Beethoven Music is the electrical soil in which
the spirit lives, thinks and invents. Everyone knows how greatly music
affects our feelings and energy levels so why wouldnt we use it in a
classroom. Music helps us learn because it can align groups, develop rapport,

add an element of fun, change brain wave states, enhance imagination,

energize learning activities, create a desired atmosphere and so much more.
There are specific ways that music can be used in the classroom. For
example, activates learning experiences and memorization. Music can also
be welcoming and grab the attention of students. Music is a doorway to inner
realms and the use of music during creative and reflective times facilitates
personal expression in writing, art, and movement. In the 1960s Dr. Georgi
Lozanov and Evelyna Gateva researched ways to increase memory abilities
included the use of music in the classroom (Cjohn171).
Educators have been using music to effectively educate for as long as
there has been music. Teacher can play the iconic protest songs from the
anti-war movement of the 60s and 70s and the student can analyze and
discuss the lyrics. The is a reason why people can remember song lyrics for
our entire lives but can forge the lecture or notes that our teacher just
discussed an hour later. Teacher have to be able to engage, educate,
differentiate and increase understanding and retention by simply using
something in the classroom that the students will respond to. The students
will understand the purpose of the activity and find the use of the music. By
using music in the classroom students create historical soundtracks and
playlists and it has showed great success regardless of the students learning
levels (Ferroni, Nicholas).
Students that take courses in music performance and music
appreciation are proven to score higher in the SAT than students with no arts

participation. According to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988

music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music
students. Research made between music and intelligence concluded that
music is far greater than computer instruction in improving childrens
abstract reasoning skills. Music enhances the linguistics skills just by the
specific song. Babies learn by recognizing the tones that add up to the
spoken language. Music is a critical factor in student learning.

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