Music in Foreign Language Instruction: Classroom Activities

Tweet I am excited to bring you another guest blogger today!  Maria Rainier is a classically trained pianist, piano teacher, blogger for First in Education and is fluent in Spanish.  I’m sure you will find her ideas inspiring not for foreign language study, but for literacy in general!  ~EMP I’ve been through years of Spanish […]

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Visualization in Reading and Music

Tweet Using visualization strategies while listening to music is very beneficial to students as they read and write.  When students close their eyes, they can then describe what they imagine when they listen to music. These experiences can be used to draw their attention to how visualization with music parallels with reading.  Some students may […]

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Reinforce the Writing Process through Musical Creation

Tweet What better way to explore the writing process than with music?!  Musical creation, or composition, is nearly identical to the writing process that we teach our students.  Just look: Composing Writing Prewriting Students brainstorm sounds/melodies for their composition. Students brainstorm ideas/topics  for their writing. Rough Draft Students get their ideas down. Students get their […]

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The Good Things about Reading (and Listening) Again

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Tweet   One parallel between reading and listening to music that comes up again and again in my classroom is repetitive listenings and readings.  When you actively listen to music, it is important to have students listen again and again over the course of some time (each day for a week, for example).  Each time […]

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Celebrate Music and Literacy – book sale!

Tweet This month we are celebrating the connections between MUSIC and LITERACY for “Music in Our Schools” and “Literacy” month!  And what better way to celebrate than to have a sale on a great resource that integrates the two? Inspired by Listening is a fabulous teacher resource for integrating musical listening experiences with your literacy […]

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The Connections Between Music and Reading

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Tweet It has always fascinated me to think of all the connections music has with reading.  In fact, last year, I remember looking over my district’s literacy curriculum, thinking how nearly everything stated on those pages about reading and literacy could be paralleled to music study. In my book, Inspired by Listening, I explore all […]

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Music and Literacy

Tweet Music and literacy go hand in hand.  This may not seem apparent at first, but when you dig deeply, it’s amazing how many connections the two really have.  There is the natural connection between things like music and poetry and you may quickly see the connection between music sound tracks and story lines or […]

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Engagement

Tweet I’ve just finished reading a post by Jessica Wakefield called,  “Learning In and Through the Arts.” In it, she discusses the whole child and the importance of students’ engagement with the material they are learning. Research and years of experience reinforce the power of integrating the arts to engage students in every dimension of […]

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Arts 4 Learning – Putting Integration into Practice

Tweet Yet again, I am happy to invite another wonderful guest blogger.  Today, Toni Tabora-Roberts joins us writing about a program that integrates the arts into literacy called Arts for Learning.  Please read on to find out more about this program and learn about a lesson put into practice.  ~EMP As one of the leading […]

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