Content Songs: Teaching Content through Music TED 387 Music Methods Dr. Steve Broskoske This is an audio PowerCast. Make sure your volume is turned up. Sound will begin on slide #2. How Music Can Be Used in the Classroom • Music can be incorporated in the classroom at 3 levels: High Teach educational content (content songs). Enhance educational content. (Use music to help students understand, feel, and appreciate educational content.) Set tone/atmosphere. (Create an atmosphere conducive to effective teaching/learning: music to prepare, music to focus & concentrate.) Low Music Makes Learning Content Easier • Music facilitates absorbing vocabulary and reading material quickly. When information is put to rhythm and rhyme, these musical elements provide a hook (cue) for recall. Music Makes Learning Content Easier • Songs, chants, poems, and raps will improve memory of content facts and details through rhyme, rhythm, and melody. • Teaching these musical forms to students is a very effective memory tool. • You could even have students write their own song or poem! What Is Learning? • Learning involves chemically encoding new material into the brain. • Memories are stored in neurons, billions of cells that encode, store, and retrieve information. • Neurons form networks of connected information. • Learning involves making connections between neurons. What is Learning? • The way that information was stored (neural pathway), is the way that information will be retrieved. – Examples: • Driving a car. • Showering. • How did you store the alphabet? Learning the Alphabet ABC Song at Wikipedia Students come to school already knowing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Notice how closely the ABC song resembles that song. Learning the Alphabet ZYXWVUTSRQPONML KJIHGFEDCBA Let’s learn the alphabet backwards! Content Songs Content songs help teach educational material to students. Memory-Boosting Mnemonic Songs for Content Area Learning (Paperback) by Meish Goldish $13.99 Schoolhouse Rock SchoolhouseRock.TV Fifty, Nifty United States (5th) Fifty, Nifty U.S. (YouTube) Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening (by Robert Frost) Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. Content Songs SongsForTeaching.com SongsThatTeach.org Content Songs • A teacher can use different types of music to which students will relate. Multiplication Raps (Teacher Tube) “Mrs. Burk” has created some great multiplication rap tunes! Using Familiar Tunes • Students come to the classroom knowing many songs. • Not only can we sing these songs, but teachers can put new words to these familiar tunes. Itsy, Bitsy Spider Bingo Row, Row, Row Your Boat Twinkle, Twinkle Little Start Content Songs Using Familiar Tunes Earth Day (3rd or 4th) Recycle Songs (Earth911.org) More Recycle Songs (teach-nology.com) Assignment • Select a familiar tune OR make up your own. – BINGO – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Itsy, Bitsy Spider – Row, Row, Row Your Boat – Mary Had a Little Lamb • Select some educational content to teach: – – – – – Vowels. Four seasons. Basic math concept. A part(s) of speech. Music theory (pitch, tempo, rhythm). Assignment: Create a brief content song.