The Benefits of Music in the Classroom
The Benefits of Music in the Classroom
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

When students have difficulty engaging with new subject material, it can be frustrating for everyone involved. Don’t lose patience, though; it can be helpful to think of and implement new ways to introduce the topics at hand that induce less stress and create a more positive learning environment.

Many students already listen to music while working and studying, so it is a great starting point for incorporating new information into lesson plans. Even though everyone has different listening patterns and tastes, music is a nearly universal language, so using songs as teaching tools is a viable option for all grade levels.

For elementary students, music can be used in nearly any subject as a way to help familiarize concepts through a catchy tune. It can also help students learn to communicate and cooperate with each other, because singing a song requires effort and participation from everyone. By listening to and relying on cues from others, students develop their social learning as well as sense of community.

In more advanced levels of education, music can help students in identifying the meaning of a piece of work and the literary devices used to convey it. Teachers may also ask their students to create songs or tunes that help them remember key concepts of the curriculum. Making original music can also boost creativity and thinking outside-the-box, which is incredibly important for kids of all ages.

No matter the developmental stage of your students, introducing music into their curriculum can greatly improve their social-emotional learning, comprehension, mindfulness, and interest in studies. There are many ways to incorporate songs into lesson plans that invite students to be enthusiastic about learning.

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