Music for Inspiration

Teachers & subjects should have theme songs like Superheros and start the day or lesson with an inspirational 30+ second tune.

Photo of Cristy Pollak

Written by

What if we had a PD session where participants/teachers were challenged to teach/approach their subject/lesson with a theme song. I think we might find new approaches to engaging our students? Just think teaching fractions with Take 5 or history of WWII with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B. A colleague of mine explored music as her Master's thesis and she interviewed folks in their 70s who still remembered elementary school facts through the songs they had learned in class. BTW I am NOT a musically talented person, just love music.


San Francisco Symphony Teacher Training several years ago was a great experience!

Evaluation results

0 evaluations so far

This inspired (1)

Celebrity Status!

12 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Cristy Pollak
Team

Happy New Year... I am close to personal overload, but the first week back has gone well. I think I will be able to bring MUSIC into my next class project culminating in February with the 5th grade Grandparent Tea. Students have interviewed a grandparent over the holidays and now will write their biography to present at the Tea when they introduce their Grandparent to the class and serve everyone tea and cookies. I will ask students to find out a favorite songs from their teens years and play a compilation of them at the event. Music is a great way to learn about history and other people lives.

Photo of Sabine CantoAdams
Team

Kids love to listen to songs and they really do like to sing along. Last year I opened my science lesson on the solar system with "The Planets" song. They loved it and asked to hear it all the time. Not only did it get them excited and interested in the subject, the song taught the kids facts about each planet that helped them with their projects and quiz.  If we could build a library of songs tied to specific topics that all could access - what a wonderful resource for teachers to inspire and motivate their students. Educators could contribute to the library whenever they came across a song that fit a theme/topic.

Photo of Elsa Fridman Randolph
Team

Hi Cristy, 

What an intriguing and playful idea!! I'd love to brainstorm together how we might build out this idea even further so that educators from all contexts can have an easily transferable blueprint to try this idea out in their own classrooms. What do you think? Would you like to collaborate on this with me? 

Photo of Cristy Pollak
Team

Sure Elsa, let's put something together. I have pictures & lessons plans buried somewhere, but we can re-invent it as well. -Cristy

Photo of Jessica Lura
Team

Cristy Pollak --pictures and lessons plans that you've used in the past would be great! It would a great to visualize how I might implement it in my school.

Photo of Elsa Fridman Randolph
Team

Awesome, Cristy! Just started a Google Doc for us to start collaborating. Let's add pictures and lesson plans to it! 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u672gGl1MvKnFOL5FR4N-gRxEm1vJeFbRY2kpEgD_NA/edit?usp=sharing

Photo of Cristy Pollak
Team

Found a link with a hint of the project I worked on... http://www.personal.psu.edu/staff/s/x/sxr133/teaching/musless.htm

Photo of Cristy Pollak
Team

Composer Museum was a great class biography project I did 5 years ago with my 6th graders after the SF Symphony training. Students picked a composer to research. Wrote a paper, but the fun part was we had an event where each student dressed up like the Composer, had a device to play their music, and as other classes toured around the multi-purpose room and pushed 'a button' the wax figures came to life and discussed their compositions and life. We had Michael Jackson, Mozart, and so many great personalities. It was a great way to bring history to life using music!

Photo of Cristy Pollak
Team

This year I use music as a brain-break in class- 2 minute dance parties with my 5-6th graders between 'lectures' and classwork. Some dance, some sharpen pencils, some chat. They vote on the song- there is a PARTYBUTTON app I use on my phone. We have used Macarena, Happy, Kid Bop version of Funk it up, etc. Music can keep hard subjects from stressing out the class.

Photo of Sarah Lundy
Team

This is a simple and powerful idea that could make a huge impact for students!

I want to hear more about San Francisco Symphony Teacher Training ? It was several years ago & you're still feeling its impact-- that's pretty successful learning :)

Photo of Margaret Powers
Team

What a fun idea! Can you tell us more about what this would look like in practice? How would teachers create the songs or choose them and what impact would they have on teachers professional learning?

Photo of Jessica Lura
Team

Awesome!! So glad to see this.