The book will give teachers of all grade levels specific ways to use music in the classroom to raise mood, manage energy levels, increase engagement and focus, and help students more effectively process content for long-term memory storage – all resulting in increased learning and ultimately, increased test scores. This book provides all the knowledge a teacher needs to start using music effectively in the classroom, including the full spectrum of appropriate classroom uses, the research that supports each use, and specific strategies for implementation. In addition, the book offers long lists of field-tested songs for each use.
Chapter 6: Come Together (Over Music): Using Background Music to Facilitate Group Activities
Come Together (Over Music): Using Background Music to Facilitate Group Activities
What It is
This chapter examines a subcategory of background music: using music behind small group work. As we've discussed, the goal when using music behind individual seatwork is to use music that doesn't call attention to itself to cover up possibly distracting sounds in the environment. That takes a very specific type of music (60 to 80 bpm, instrumental, unfamiliar, repetitive, and simple in instrumentation) that acts somewhat like white noise. However, the goals for using background music behind small group work are a bit different, requiring a different type of music.
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