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There are lots of reasons! Rock 2 the Core engages learners in kinesthetic, auditory, and visual modalities. Using music in the classroom can create a positive, energized and focused environment. Music has even been shown to help bridge language gaps for English Language Learners. Find out more!
There's no one way to rock, but we have some tips and tricks that will help you get K-5 students engaged in lessons. The worksheets that accompany each Rock 2 the Core song allow students to apply what they learn in the songs, and using dance moves to accompany songs is a great way to get your students active and energized in a positive way. Learn more!
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- Incorporating Music in a Integrated Classroom
- Check out this post on Teachability.com about music integration...I keep learning about more and more benefits of music in the classroom! "Schools today have a wide variety of interactive activities that have in many ways made music an afterthought when lesson plans are formulated. However, music is more than just a subject to itself; it’s a proven method for developing a both a passive and engaging learning environment. In fact, studies have shown that those who participate in or are active listeners of music are better students. While the science is far from settled, many teachers believe that music integration can play a large role in improving classroom culture and students’ learning outcomes. Regular use of music in the classroom has been shown to improve spatial learning and reasoning in early learners. Through route listening, active playing, and memory integration, music useage can help students of all learning levels become better independent problem solvers and learners. But music’s benefits don’t stop there. Teachers who use music in the background or as a way to set a routine helps focus students, direct moods, and improve concentration. Additionally, music can make all the difference in promoting creative activities, teamwork, and social communications amongst students. Potential music activities for integrated classrooms Music can be used for a wide variety of subject areas and lesson outcomes. Here are a few ideas: Direct learning activities: Lesson-incorporating songs Incorporating music beats or singsongs to increase language fluency and phonemics Rhythmic symbols to teach anything from basic counting to more advanced algebra Historically relevant songs in social studies and history lessons Mood and memory: Routine scheduler announcements (songs to symbolize certain activities or times of the day) Calming down a hyperactive classroom or designating “fun time” Instructional songs Special considerations for music in integrated classrooms Integrating music in any classroom can pose challenges in meeting the needs of each individual student. However, teachers can formulate positive strategies relatively easily by taking into account several scenarios: 1. Music Sensitivities When we think of learners with music or sound sensitivities, we often jump to learners that are identified on the autism spectrum. The truth is that a wide range of learning disabilities may exhibit sound sensitivities. For example, several studies have shown that students with ADHD can be greatly affected by louder or sudden sounds. How to work with music sensitivities: No need to turn the music completely off. Instead, find what works for your students. Some teachers only play “gentle” music (nursery tunes, single-instrument or small ensemble classical music, music without percussion, etc.) while others experiment with where to place their speakers. For those who do not respond well to sudden changes of music, set up cues such as a dimming of lights, an announcement, or even a pat on the shoulder by a trusted aide. Some teachers even assign classroom DJs to be in charge of hitting play on the next song or to announce a special, routine song (such as the “Clean Up” or “Wash Your Hands”). 2. Visual Learners Sometimes teachers come across the perfect educational song. It may teach the lesson while incorporating witty and entertaining lyrics. However, as teachers all know, what may be engaging for one student may fall flat for another. With integrated learners, it is absolutely essential to incorporate a visual counterpoint to a listening activity. How to incorporate visual lessons with auditory activities: With whiteboards, powerpoints, and easy to make cartoons; inserting a visual element to match lyrics or moods of music can be a powerful and simple way to reach all learners. For those who benefit from reading, just having a couple of lyric sheets may be a quick fix when a student cannot “kee up” with the tune. 3. Small groups/station musical activities Teachers in integrated classrooms know the social and educational benefits of small group or station-based activities. Because of the noise level and classroom management concerns that often come with music activities, many teachers prefer to stick to quiet routines. However, developing music listening stations or group activities to enhance a lesson doesn’t have to be a hassle or a potential disaster. How to make music without the noise complaints: Headphone stations are a quick and affordable way of building a musical classroom without all the extra sound. Colored headphones (that are easily cleaned) can be found at dollar stores. Using shared jacks for multiple headphones, teachers can set up activities like exploring music from a certain time period, playing educational games that feature musical cues, or using music as a creative muse during artistic play. Creating a musical experience in your integrated classroom Turning up the music in your classroom can greatly improve your teaching methods. Whether your classroom is full of a diverse group of learners or you want to ensure that all students receive the maximum benefits of your song choices, blending music with education can completely change how your class functions and learns." Posted by mclargento in Intervention Next on Sep 9, 2014 4:04:16 AM Found on Teachability.com, http://www.teachability.com/community/intervention-next/blog/2014/09/09/incorporating-music-in-a-integrated-classroom
- 2015-01-07 21:43:47
- R2C App coming soon!
- Through a series of very fortunate events, Rock 2 the Core is creating a new app that will soon be available for free in the iTunes store! With the national movement towards the "gamification" of learning and the integration of technology in classrooms, we are excited to be expanding the realm of R2C. Now we will have not only educational songs, but games and challenges that support the content of the song and the Common Core State Standards. Stay posted for our release date!
- 2015-01-07 21:21:40
- Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom
A great excerpt from the book Music and Learning by Chris Brewer, 1995. This book includes chapters on each method of integrating music in the curriculum. Music suggestions are included. I started playing Bach during writing workshop because of this!
"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." --Ludwig van Beethoven
- 2015-01-07 04:37:45
- Animated Videos Coming Soon!
- So, we've put up over 30 songs, we've got more in the works, time for some videos! If any of our fans has noticed our cartoon characters, those are called Peebles, and Max drew them. We've got no idea how to animate, however, so we found a great team that is producing our first video. The video will be for Acute, Obtuse, and Right... stay tuned to see it on our site soon!
- 2014-07-16 23:32:50