Thursday, February 17, 2011

Music in the Classroom: An Activity and a Song

Music is a great motivator in the classroom, but not all music-oriented activities have to be cloze exercises of song lyrics. How else can we bring music to the classroom?

Music can be an entry point to a great narrative or discussion. The video below is a snapshot into the lives of New York City subway performers. The video offers good listening practice, but if you want students to read and discuss this subject in greater detail, the companion article and slideshow are also useful.

The Grammy awards were held this past weekend, and music writers and internet-savvy kids alike are buzzing about some major upsets. Most notably, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, beating out some incredibly popular contenders. You may be asking, who is Arcade Fire? You are not alone. Why not capitalize on the buzz and bring these emerging artists into your classroom? Why not talk about other emerging or lesser-known artists?

Worksheets are in the activities binder, on the wiki, and on the board outside the Media Center. As always, modify as you see fit for your level. Enjoy!

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