March is Music in our Schools Month! There has never been a better excuse to get up and dance with your students. To encourage you to bring music into your classroom this month, we’ve created a collection of useful links. These links are full of ideas for using music in the classroom. You will find lesson plans, teacher reflections, books, webinars, website reviews, and more. Thank you to all of our twitter pals for suggesting links to add to this page.
Music Themed Lesson Plans and Content in the ESL-Library
Discussion Starters: Talent, Music Piracy. The Discussion Starters section is popular with teachers who teach teens!
Mini-Debates: Live 8 Concerts, File Sharing.Challenge your students to voice their opinions about hot topics from the news. The readings and exercises will entice students to use new vocabulary while speaking out in small groups.
Authentic Materials and WarmUps
Blog posts and Articles about Using Music in the Classroom
Websites, Tools, and Books for Using Music in the Classroom
Super Simple Songs (YL)
Dream English (YL)
Share your Ideas
If you’re having a year end party and your school has access to a television and a Wii, why not play Just Dance? Students can sing along with the words as they compete in the dance off! You could also organize a Karaoke party, or a talent show. Help your students get into the theme by assigning a group music project, such as an air band performance, a radio show, or a school theme song contest. Shelly Terrell suggests having your students create a YouTube playlist based on a word or theme. Here is a playlist based on the word “Crazy”.
What ideas do you have for combining music and language learning? Please share your ideas and links in the comments below.
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