A few years ago I was lucky enough to attend a symposium with a wide variety of teaching ideas being shared. While I learned a great deal in my few days there, my favorite part was definitely the writing portion that centered around using music.
We were then given five minutes to create our own “Top Ten List” of songs. It didn’t matter what we put on the list – but we needed our top ten. Want to play along? Go ahead – make your top ten. I can wait…
This is the portion of the session where I realized just how valuable using music to write was, as I started to cry. I sat there silently crying, but writing furiously. I was embarrassed, but kept my head down and continued to write.
After the ten minutes of writing, volunteers were asked to share their stories. No one volunteered. I slowly lifted my head up to see what was going on. All around the room, about twenty adults were sitting their with strong emotions written all over their faces! Many – like myself – were obviously crying, some looked mad enough to spit tacks, and some were beaming – but clearly daydreaming about something in their own minds. Everyone had gotten so into their own writing that they had trouble even being ready to share with others.
If you teach Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, you’ll also love these great music lessons:
- Phonics Time Comprehensive Music Video Set
- Kindergarten Math Music Video Bundle
- First Grade Math Music Video Bundle