Reading and Rhythm Results

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Tweet What can music do for you?  How about help you read?! In the last weeks of our school year, nine teachers in my district (including myself) tried to find out just what music, specifically rhythm could do to help our students read.  (To see more about our thoughts about this just as we were […]

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Why You Should Start Teaching Languages Through Song

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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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Teaching Literacy through Music and the Arts – Resources

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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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March into Music and Literacy

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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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Musical Stories and Beethoven

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Tweet Not all musical pieces are meant to be heard as stories, but often they can be.  Just the other day, my students did a quick write using Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to create a short story. All this month, I love to do Beethoven-based lessons with my class.  We listen to his music, study his […]

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The Clues in Music

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Tweet Music can be seen as very complex (a Beethoven symphony or Bach variation), sometimes quite simplistic (a nursery rhyme or simple melody).  Music can be heard as dark and ominous, joyful and exciting, or even angst-driven with longing. But what is it that makes music this way?  The great part about studying music is […]

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Story Beginnings and Beethoven

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Tweet How do great stories begin?  They capture your interest, grab your attention, introduce you to characters and setting, and give you a sense of the overall feel of the story as they set you into a series of events that ultimately bring you to the climax of the story. Great music begins the same […]

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DaDa, Bach and Halloween (a fun activity to try)

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Tweet Halloween is an interesting season in the education world.  At the elementary level, it’s a major holiday.  However, I remember feeling a sense of void in those ghoulish ways when I taught middle school.  But, I also remember going wild in high school as a senior with costumes and minor pranks.  Regardless, there’s the […]

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Grasping a Teachable, Musical Moment to Write

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Tweet Sometimes you have such a teachable moment and you just have to go with it.  That’s what happened the other day during my class’s Active Listening time at snack.  Each day my students and I listen to music – one piece per week.  We listen, discuss and learn about music and how music is […]

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