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[teacherartexchange] music in classroom


Date: Fri Mar 05 2010 - 11:36:29 PST

I play what I like, which is New Age & jazz mostly, plus some good movie
soundtracks. I tell them that there is music which has been proven to
foster creativity. And there is a list of that somewhere and it is
proven. I don't necessarily get my music from that, but it is the same
genre. I find that if I play mellow stuff most of the time, low,
peaceful, calming, it helps keep the tempo of the classes smooth. Some
of them have their ipods which are against school rules, but I'm blind
to them if I don't hear or see them or they aren't disruptive--ie the
kids spends more time fiddling with the ipod than working...and it's a
good take away--you can't use yours until your work and behavior
improve, etc.

Often I edit soundtracks so that I get only the non-lyric parts and the
super pounding parts go away.
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