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Background Music for Your Classroom

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.


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