integrating music

Integrating music into the everyday curriculum is very important to children. Something I learned in the video "Integrating Music Into the Classroom" was that music helps a child make something "stick" in the brain. This is because the brain learns by patterns, which is what music is comprised of.

Music Can:
  • Inspireexternal image MELSBRUSHES_Mkids.jpg
  • Motivate
  • Engage
  • Promote active learning
  • Help children learn motor skills
  • Increase attention
  • Help focus skills
  • Release tension
  • Allow for the use of the imagination

Music is:
  • Welcoming
  • Exciting
  • Encouraging
  • A foreign language (it has its own letters/meanings)

Ways to Use Music in the Classroom
  • Help reading skills
  • Make a song featuring weekly vocabulary words
  • As a writing prompt

Used as Part of the Big 5
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Music can turn different subject areas and lace them together. For example, when using Math, students could use math with music by counting. This can be done with patterns and counting, especially with younger children. However, there is really no specific class where music could not be used. In language arts, singing as song teaching reading just by looking at the words printed on a page. Music in my opinion is great in the classroom because it can be fun as well as useful. Children also reap the benefits of the music because in most cases, they will pick up on the song (and movement when it is used) and the concept will be learned and will typically stick. In my opinion, music is something that needs to be in the classroom.

"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." --Ludwig van Beethoven