I think using music in the classroom is a great idea. It’s cool when there’s a catchy kid’s song with a nice melody and a natural flow that the kids get into and are happy to sing and repeat. Music can teach some students- often otherwise “problem” students- faster than any other medium.
But I totally hate those chants droned out with improper rhythym to a cacaphonic menagerie of synthesized sound effects. I think these things often do more harm than good.
Rather than playing that kind of junk for the kids, I would rather play a pop tune. Often classic rock and roll or older Top 20 tunes. Authentic music with great sound.
Recently I’ve been teaching an Egyptian theme and use “Walk Like an Egyptian” in class. The lyrics contain a bit of the same vocabulary that the students are learning and the kids enjoy hearing it. In another class where the textbook is teaching them about telling time (which is something they can already do) I just dl’d “Rock Around the Clock” and got the kids to move their hands to the clock positions as they did The Twist.
These songs energized the class, and at the least reinforced some of the patterns and vocabulary they were studying. This got me thinking about what I’m missing out on. What pop songs are other teachers using that really work?
Please share the songs you use (or have used) for a particular theme.