Using Songs To Enhance Learning
How many GenXers and Millennials can sing along to Schoolhouse Rock! songs they haven’t heard for years? “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?” “Three is a magic number,” anyone?
When it comes to education, using music in your classroom can improve student affect, engagement, and motivation. Songs can be used to teach students about material that may seem inaccessible, “boring,” or hard to remember. Is it any wonder that sites like Songs for Teaching and Flocabulary, which feature free and for-purchase music for a wide range of grade levels and subject areas—are such popular teaching resources?
For suggestions on how to implement music into your classroom, check out “Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom.”
Source: The TeacherTube Blog.
5 Ways Music Impacts Learning
- Enhancement of recall: most songs act as mnemonic devices and increase students’ ability to memorize key lists, formulas, definitions, and relationships.
- Stress reduction: enjoyable music can help students perceive the classroom as a friendly, inclusive environment. Also note: certain music reliably reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature in students.
- Multi-modality delivery: songs accompanied by visuals and/or movement reaches students through multiple modalities simultaneously.
- Increased enjoyment: to the extent that music makes classwork or homework more fun, it can lead students to devote more engaged time to their content-related work.
- In-depth exploration of content: reading or singing along to content-based lyrics can help students encounter and address points of confusion. Additionally, if students are writing their own songs, they will deepen their learning as they make decisions about how to accurately express the concepts they’re learning.
Source: US National Library of Medicine
Teaching in Action
This video segment on Edivate, Songs to Reinforce Math Content-Elementary, features Ms. Carol Stafford, a kindergarten teacher in Shelby County, Tennessee, using songs to activate and reinforce math content as her students learn to decompose the number five. Songs in this segment remind students how to spell, add, and subtract the number five, as well as define the word “decompose.”
The segment also comes with a downloadable study guide that includes additional resources and thought-questions.
These materials are part of a comprehensive series of videos and downloadable resources available only on Edivate.