Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Classroom Music Made Easy

Music is my fuel!  In the car, on a run, and in my classroom I need music!   What I don't need is wasted instructional time.  Back in the day I had a cd case filled with my favorite educational music.  I would want to play, let's say 5 songs for my students, and I would pull out 5 different cd's, look closely at which track the songs were on and get the cd loaded in the cd player.  Meanwhile, I sensed students tuning out and losing focus.  The worst interruption happened when I hit the wrong track number and another song started blasting.  Students burst into giggles, and more time was wasted getting their attention back.  For awhile the dread of playing music kept me away from the cd player until I revamped my system.  I purchased a classroom iPod and a boombox with an iPod dock and remote.  I inputed all of my favorite songs in to my iTunes library and started making playlists based on what times of day and categories I needed songs.  With an organized music library on my iPod I have everything at my fingertips:  when students are working quietly, I put on the instrumental productivity music; when students have art, I put on the Etta James or Disney playlist; for free choice Kidz Bop puts smiles on the student's faces; on Friday's, I use a special playlist for silly songs like Dr. Jean's Tooty Ta to get the kids moving,  and of course all the holidays get their own playlist. Everyday I use the Calendar playlist that has such hits as the days of the week song.  Through out the year I may record students singing along to their favorite nursery rhymes and import these into a playlist as well.  The students LOVE hearing their voices, so this is a big hit!  Music breaths life in to a classroom, sets the mood, and most importantly teaches key educational concepts.  Getting classroom music organized on an iPod allows for quick easy access with no time wasted.  Oh and don't forget to make a playlist for yourself.  When the kids leave and you are bustling around the classroom, there is nothing better then a little Michael Buble on a Monday afternoon!  How do you organize your classroom music?  Do you think this system could work for you?  And please share any songs or artists that really get your students grooving!

Please click the images below to help you get started organizing your classroom music!


In the picture below there are Disney records I ordered off ebay.  I purchased a record player from Target.  As a special reward students love listening to old records.  They are mesmerized by the snap crackle and pop of Disney Classics!  

1 comment:

  1. You have such perfect timing! I just bought a dock for my iPod and am going to be making playlists for class. Your post has helped me get started. Thank you!
    An Open Door


Sheila Chako
Sprinkle Teaching Magic