March 23, 2005
There is research indicating that instrumental music truly helps students learn. However, anything with lyrics tends to pull us out of that receptive, creative, super cognition mode. I have found that movie soundtracks are a great way to use music in my classroom. My students love the soundtracks for Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars - The Phantom Menace. I will play the soundtrack for The Little Mermaid or Lilo & Stitch when we need an energy pick up. I would recommend anything by John Williams. When I have after school detention, I sometimes play a little hardball with these darlings! I'll put on a CD of Strauss waltzes or even opera! I strongly recommend using music in your classroom, the power and emotions it evokes will truly benefit your students.