5 Reasons to LOVE April

poetry

Tweet It’s April!!!  YAY!  I love April.  There is so much happening that you can take advantage of as an educator.  Let’s count the ways. 1) Let’s start with POETRY highlights! 4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  […]

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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 – 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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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

stimulatedbrain

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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March into Music and Literacy (original)

Tweet March is one of my favorite months at The Inspired Class as we devote all the posts to Music and Literacy!  We already have some guest bloggers lined up to provide you with great information and have a few surprises too.  In this post, you will get a listing of some of our favorite […]

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