SEL Song Lyrics

Tweet What better way to teach students about Social Emotional Learning than through the ARTS?  A colleague of mine said it best: “Art IS SEL!” And if music is an expression of humanity, then music is a way we can learn about our abilities to love and be loved, to heal a broken heart, to […]

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Why is Music Education in Schools Important?

Tweet In our technological world, music education is being offered less and less in many school systems. Unfortunately, many schools have begun to exclude music from their curriculums to make room for other subjects. Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human […]

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Music to Learn By – Soundtracking My Classroom

Tweet In my last post, Music Sets the Tone, I described my intention of using music more in my classroom as a backdrop to all our activities. It’s been over a week that I have been faithfully soundtracking my classroom!  I have committed to teaching while some sort of music is constantly playing and it […]

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Music Sets the Tone

Tweet In recent weeks, I’ve been researching how to use music as a tool for focusing and working in preparation for one of the focuses of this year’s Winter Teacher Art Retreat. We probably have all experienced music (or the lack of it) in a variety of places: restaurants, stores, in our car, at work.  […]

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Finding Inspiration

Tweet Every few weeks or so, my mother and I go to Symphony Hall in Boston.  It’s always fun to go into Boston at night, drink a glass of wine and enjoy quality music, but last week was particularly wonderful.  I always enjoy a good piano sontata and being able to listen to one by […]

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Music’s Effect

Tweet Yesterday morning, my next door teacher did something to me – she played music – and it affected my whole body.  She put on the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to create an atmosphere of calm in her room and, working in a modified open concept classroom, the sounds infiltrated my room and […]

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March into Music and Literacy

Tweet March is one of my favorite months at The Inspired Classroom as we get to focus on both Music and Literacy!   In this post, you will get a listing of some of our favorite and most popular posts for both music and literacy.  There are so many great articles listed here, you just may […]

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Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

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Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom

Tweet Countless research studies have shown us that music causes a wide range of psychosomatic effects to our bodies. It can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain, reduce blood pressure or even boost our immunity. At some point music caught the eye of psychologists examining human cognitive capabilities and learning. Consequently, music was unveiled […]

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