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Re: Music reward and punishment?


From: croberts (croberts_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 01 2000 - 07:43:48 PDT

This message reminded me of one middle school class I had a few years back
and music just would not work for this class. I had one student who talked
very loudly and just would never be quiet. I tried playing music for this
class, but it just didn't work... so I stopped. This particular student was
one of the biggest complainers about "my" type of music.... said it hurt his
ears to listen to it.

From then on...everytime I had a problem with this student not quieting
down, I would put "my" music on... and when he complained... I'd tell him
I'd turn it off, if HE would! It worked.

>Your letter prompted me to write about an experience at my school.
>For several years, we played "Opera's Greatest Moments" and "Mario Lanza's
>Greatest Hits" at detention. It really was not supposed to be punishment
>(well, maybe a little)--our Director of Students thought it might be the
>exposure the kids would have to this kind of music.
>Anyway, last year our principal instructed us to not play music at
> She said some parents had CALLED TO COMPLAIN that their children had to
>listen to opera. So, the principal kow-towed to the parents and that was
>day the music died.
>Wouldn't you think that the parents would be more upset that their kids had
>misbehaved, did not do homework, had been disrespectful or disruptive???
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