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[teacherartexchange] music in the classroom


From: Carolyn Roberts (croberts18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 03 2005 - 06:09:56 PDT

I fought this same battle...until I finally quit trying to play music or the
radio in the class. The students had different tastes in music and
definitely different from MINE...and sometimes when the music would be
playing, I'd turn around and one would be up dancing to the music...but of
course, this was in high school.

They would argue over what kind of music to play and some finally told me
that they'd just rather not hear any music at all....that it was interfering
with their "creative thinking"...hey, that was all I needed to hear.

We have the same school rules about CD players...but sometimes we could get
away with it in the art class...and I found this to be a better solution.
It's a known fact that students who are disruptive in other
classes...sometimes never give art teachers a minute's problem. Some
students DEFINITELY do better when they have music to listen to...and some
were way less disruptive. The only rule about those...was that they could
use them as long as I couldn't hear the noise from the player. I knew if I
could hear was too loud for them using earphones.

>I agree - in high school (at least in my high school) the music actually
> becomes a distraction. The discussions begin to focus on the life of the
> rapper rather than on art and more time is spent selecting and arguing
> about
> the CDs than anything. I've tried playing jazz and classical music but
> it's
> just not worth another mini-battle!
> Belinda in Greensboro

>> Back in the 'day', I had a complete "stereo" (remember them?) set up in
>> my
>> room, and then I graduated to just a radio, and now I have nothing. Why?
>> Over the years I noticed increasingly it became more about the mustic (or
>> the choice of music) and not the art. PLUS as I got older, the music
> seemed
>> to get more annoying to me personally. I can see people starting to
> sharpen
>> their typing skills on this one. I know some teachers play classical
> music,
>> while others have other choices that they play in the classroom. Suffice
> it
>> to say if I were working on art as a student and "had" to listen to
>> something that was not my preference I probably would be a bit irritated
>> (that's me folks), so I would rather not listen to music and work. Our
>> school doesn't allow students to bring in CD players/Ipods, but they have
>> turned a blind eye to my students who work with their discreet earphones.
> I
>> will say that in my classes I try to encourage communication among
>> artists
>> (I am very verbal myself)and that is more effective without the music,
> that
>> said, in my last advance class of 14 students only 1 wore his earphones
>> consistantly, and he found he was taking them out of his ears more than
> not
>> to participate in all the sidebar conversations.
>> San D

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