Use Music in the Classroom

Lock, Robin H.
May 2006
Intervention in School & Clinic;May2006, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p307
Academic Journal
The article presents twenty ways to use music in the classroom. It provides a sense of community for even the most disabled child and is nonjudgmental and noncompetitive. Scientifically, it strengthens the connections among neurons. The suggestions include using songs to move students from one activity to another, introducing them to different kinds of songs, making up simple movements to go along with songs to improve gross motor and improve coordination skills and encouraging students to change or write their own lyrics to their favorite songs and playing music and having students draw what they feel. Combining music and science to encourage inquisitiveness about nuances of sound and hearing, teaching sight vocabulary in a meaningful and having them create and play their own instruments improve their fine motor skills, taking them on field trips so that they can use their first hand experiences to improve motivation, literacy, math, and self-help skills and making them sing alphabet and counting songs are some of the suggestions.


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