Why You Should Start Teaching Languages Through Song

Photo by: JLA Kliché

Tweet Music forms a part of daily life for most people, regardless of which corner of the world we’re from. It has the power to break down cultural barriers, uniting us all over a shared love for art and creative expression (Gangnam Style, anyone?) Listening to music whilst studying can also improve your concentration skills […]

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Soundtracks for Learning Winner

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Tweet Congratulations to Jessica! She is the winner of the Soundtracks for Learning music resource.   (Those with two entries made comments both on this website and on FaceBook.)  Here’s how she plans to use this great resource: As a school counselor, this book would be perfect for helping me incorporate music throughout my day in […]

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Soundtracks for Learning – Book Review and Giveaway

Soundtracks Book

Tweet I have taught many workshops and courses specifically in music integration and in all of them I stress the importance and usefulness of listening to music with your students.  After all, that is how arts integration started for me – through active listening experiences I created with my students.  And without fail, the most […]

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Teaching Literacy through Music and the Arts – Resources

MusicNotes

Tweet Tomorrow I will be giving a workshop called, “Teaching Literacy through Music and the Arts.”  In preparation for this workshop, I am gathering some resources and articles that pertain to the topics we will be exploring.  So, today I offer you this list to bookmark and refer to whether you are taking the class […]

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Giving Kids Choice in HS Reading Class

Stephanie Yao Long / The Oregonian

Tweet Today, as part of Literacy Month, we have one of our favorite guest posters, Kristina Peterson to share the evolution of what she is doing in her HS English classes in terms of reading.  ~EMP When I first became a teacher I distinctly remember being taught that what my kids read doesn’t really matter […]

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The Magic of Music in the Classroom

Photo by: Piano Piano!

Tweet We all know how music has the power to move people’s feelings and alter their moods. Many of us use music every single day to make us happy, to help us relax and to motivate us during exercise. Music is also ingrained into our memories. If you’ve ever had a song ‘stuck in your […]

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Mistakes and Passion – A Lesson from Beethoven

Beethoven quote

Tweet I remember my years studying the piano.  It had to have been my grandfather who first told me of these wise words from Beethoven.  He, an admirer of the man and lover of his music, had read every biography, seen every documentary, listened intently to every composition and traveled to Germany to walk in […]

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The Importance of Music in a Baby’s Brain Development

My daughter, Grace at age 1

Tweet After our last guest post, I am happy to follow up with this one focusing on how you can help a baby’s brain development with music.  It is just NEVER to early to start children on music.  (I had fun adding pics of my own kids playing around when they were little.)  Enjoy reading […]

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The Effects of Music Integration

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Tweet Today as a guest blogger, I have a wonderful colleague, Deb Hewey.  She is our ELL teacher at the elementary level.  I know you will love her piece about the power of music on the brain. ~EMP “Music making stands head and shoulders above other disciplines in its likely impact on overall learning” (page […]

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