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Using Music in the ESL Classroom

Using Music in the ESL Classroom
Music is the universal language of mankind.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow When students make a major breakthrough in learning, it is music to a teacher's ears. There is nothing more rewarding for a teacher, than seeing their students smile and laugh while they learn. The same can be said for students. Benefits of using Music Have you ever heard of anyone who doesn't like music? "Music stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms to attain a state of deep concentration and focus in which large amounts of content information can be processed and learned." Techniques for Using Music with L2 Learners There are a variety of different ways to use music in the classroom. Suggested Activities Many teachers try using music once in the class, but forget to do it again. Teaching Kids with Music Using music with ESL kids has all of the same benefits mentioned above and more. Tips for Using Music Effectively Online Materials and Resources

Sounds Historic About Age range: Good for 10-13 year olds Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! This interactive takes about 30 minutes to complete. Key Technology: You will need speakers (or headphones) for the music parts, Flash Player version 10 or higher, and Adobe Reader. This interactive site explores how music is inspired by history, makes history itself, or captures an important place and time. Think About... Don’t forget to try the listening activities for each of the pieces! Listen to Russell Nadel’s finished composition. Did You Get It? What are the three things that Russell Nadel says that a new composition needs to be? Think About It! Can you think of any other pieces of music that are influenced by history? What’s Your Take? What historic event would inspire you to write a piece of music? next: Learn More > < previous: About Learn More Try It Yourself! Compose your own music on these great sites: For the Educator Trying to spice up a history lesson? Instructional Strategies

Using music and songs Using music and songs Submitted by admin on 7 October, 2011 - 07:58 Music can play a really important part in the language classroom. It can change the atmosphere in the room within seconds. Songs sung in English are listened to around the world and students can often feel real progress in their level of English when they can begin to sing along to the chorus or even just to be able to separate what at first seemed to be a constant stream of words! I am going to split this article into using music and using songs and I will share twelve of my favourite activities with you. Before bringing music into the class, it may be worthwhile to do a music survey or questionnaire to find out what the students enjoy listening to. Using music Music in the classroom doesn’t always mean listening to a song and using the lyrics in some way. Set the scene: If music is playing as students enter the class it can be a nice way to settle the group. By Jo Budden

Classical Music, Youth & Social Change | A Hopeful Sign (Post by MARILYN PRICE-MITCHELL) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” If you are a musician or one at heart, you probably know that something magical exists between the notes that connect us to others despite our differing cultures, religions, or political preferences. In fact, research shows a great deal about music that benefits all of us and particularly how it contributes to the development of children and adolescents. According to the research article, Childhood Music Lessons May Provide Lifelong Boost in Brain Functioning, music lessons can pay off for decades, even for those who no longer play instruments. Research also supports how music nurtures children’s success at school and in life. While recent research is fueled by neuroscience, there is also solid evidence that music programs help develop internal strengths in children, like initiative, creativity, resiliency, and a belief in self. Can Music Foster Social Change?

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language," which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor of Assyriology at the University of California, produced the interpretation above in 1972. (She describes how she arrived at the musical notation—in some technical detail—in this interview.) Since her initial publications in the 60s on the ancient Sumerian tablets and the musical theory found within, other scholars of the ancient world have published their own versions. The piece, writes Richard Fink in a 1988 Archeologia Musicalis article, confirms a theory that “the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago.” via WFMU Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Related Content:

EFL / ESOL / ESL Educational Songs and Activities: Song Lyrics for Teaching English as a Second Language These EFL/ESOL/ESL lyrics are available from a variety of albums: Songs that Teach Conversational English and English Vocabulary Action Songs Around the World – Jack Hartmann Can You Move Like Me? – Caroline and Danny Circle of Friends – Ron Brown Family Dance – Dr. – Music with Mar. – Jay Cleveland Jump for Numbers 0-10 – Ron Brown Jump, Jump, Jump – Jeanne Nelson and Hector Marín Stand Up – Skip West We Walk – Music with Mar. Alphabet The ABC Rap – The Gum Rappers Letter Blender – Music Movement & Magination Letter Sounds A to Z – Jack Hartmann Who Knows the Alphabet Sounds? – ABC's & Much More Animals African Safari – Diana Colson Baboon Baby – Diana Colson Do You Know These Sounds? – Jeanne Nelson and Hector Marín Doing the Flamingo Walk – Diana Colson Elephants – Diana Colson Giraffe – Diana Colson Lion Pride – Diana Colson Mosquito – Jeanne Nelson and Hector Marín My Fish – Jeanne Nelson and Hector Marín My Pet Turtle – Jeanne Nelson and Hector Marín Please Say Cheese (Animal Names and Movements) – Dr.

How to teach kids classical music For this week's CDZA musical experiment video, Joe Sabia and the Collective Cadenza musicians teamed up with children to explore one way to "teach the classics to students today"—have them sing their favorite contemporary pop music lyrics to the tune of classical compositions. In this video, young Alyssa Lower and Aiden Medina perform: Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik meets LMFAO's Party Rock Offenbach's "Can Can" meets Gaga's Bad Romance Beethoven's Fur Elise meets Adel's Rolling in the Deep Grieg's Peer Gynt Overture meets Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe Beethoven's Fifth Symphony meets Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy meets One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful Haydn's Surprise Symphony meets Justin Bieber's Baby John William's Jurassic Park Theme meets Psy's Gangnam Style Spoiler alert: it's pretty adorable.

The Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games Having a background as a music teacher, I often get the asked what resources are available for homeschoolers to grow in their music studies. As such, today I’d like to share with you an Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games available for FREE to public and homeschoolers alike to have fun while learning more about music. Whether playing via iPad, SmartBoard, or laptop, each resource provides supportive games and activities to reinforce music concepts at home. For your browsing convenience, these online music education games are organized into the following categories: aural training, composers, composition, instruments, notation, symbols/vocabulary and variety. Aural Training Composers Composition Musical Instruments Notation Symbols and Vocabulary Variety These websites could not be limited to one particular musical focus but have several online music education games covering a wide-variety of musical instruments and elements. SFS KidsThe New York Philharmonic Kids Zone

How Do You Introduce Classical Music To Kids? : Deceptive Cadence hide captionThis lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it's a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.) Erich Auerbach/Getty Images This lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it's a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.) It was early afternoon on a sunny Saturday. "Are we there yet?" "What's this about?" "I wanna go see it!" Admittedly, the Ring isn't quite appropriate for a less-than-mature audience, what with its murders and incest and whatnot. We've invited some notable artists, including soprano Christine Brewer, pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Orli Shaham and conductor Marin Alsop to weigh in on this topic this week. A few of my own observations as a parent and as a music lover: Talking down to kids about music never works, just as it doesn't work in any other subject matter. shatalka/YouTube Miro meets Bach.