How Music Transforms Learning In The Classroom

How Music Transforms Learning in the Classroom

When music plays, you just feel it. You begin tapping your foot or swaying. Maybe you start singing along or humming to yourself. You can’t help it. Even those with hearing impairments find themselves connecting to the rhythm as it throbs and vibrates in our bones and in our brains. Music is powerful. It evokes so much. When hearing the theme from "Friday the 13th" or "Chariots of Fire" we feel correspondingly apprehensive or inspired. Couples have their own breakup, make-up, and love songs that elicit corresponding memories and emotions. I think everyone has an innate connection to music. My…

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More and more high profile educators are using hip-hop…

Here at Flocabulary, we're always excited to see educators who motivate students using music. MSNBC's "Nightly News with Brian Williams" recently featured the trailblazing KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Charter Schools: as a part of their groundbreaking approach to fostering achievement, KIPP schools make education more engaging using hip-hop music as well as other student-friendly exercises. The program has a dramatically promising record of taking under-privileged students and enabling them to succeed. While KIPP has proved highly successful, there are also others making a difference in education using music - such as California English teacher Alan Sitomer who teaches poetry…

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