Reading and Drumming

Tweet The school year is in full swing and reading is filling the air in my fourth grade classroom.  We read independently, in groups, with partners, as a whole class, as a read aloud, online and hopefully at home as well.   Let’s face it, reading is a very important part of an elementary school classroom.  […]

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Reflections on RSCON3 – Music and Reading

Tweet I was fortunate to have presented again at the Reform Symposium – 3 days of free webinars given by teachers and educators from around the world.  It was another great experience.  I presented on “Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.”  I find this topic very interesting and was so excited to share […]

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Lyrics and Literacy

Tweet Oddly enough, it’s been almost an entire month of writing about music and literacy and I haven’t even mentioned lyrics in music! Well, now is the time. Of course lyrics are a natural connection music has to literacy. They are authentic texts!  Composers and song writers go through their own creative writing process to […]

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Visualization in Music and Writing

Tweet In my last post, I wrote about how visualization using music can help students build their visualization in reading.  In this post, I want to explore the possibilities of using musical visualization to prompt good writing. Being able to allow students to imagine their story, repeat it in their minds, and “walk around” their […]

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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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The Good Things about Reading (and Listening) Again

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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The Connections Between Music and Reading

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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Linking Music to Reading

Tweet I had the first day of school professional development days this past week and it continued to amaze me how much reading and music are linked! They are innately very similar processes and it’s not just in their appreciation and skill, but in the developmental continuum. In appreciation and skill: The parallels between reading […]

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The Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet When you think of music, do you think of literacy? Chances are you do not. But the two disciplines have a lot in common and we teachers can take advantage of these similarities to help our students become motivated learners. Over the next few blogs, I would like to explore these ideas and see […]

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