Do you ever have students who lack confidence, are reluctant to take risks, or who enter your classroom with what seems to be a negative mindset?
Even a few students with these behaviours can have a negative effect on the entire classroom.
I’ve learned that for some students, these behaviours are a mask for fear.
Classrooms can be a scary (even unsafe) place for many students.
That’s why to unleash learning for everyone, it’s essential to create a classroom where everyone feels safe, positive and inspired.
That’s where music comes in.
When used well, music can help:
- Boost positive emotions.
- Create an inviting classroom atmosphere.
- Increase rapport between students.
- Lesson fear.
Here’s when to use music in your classroom:
1. AS STUDENTS ENTER
To create a positive mood, use upbeat music as students enter your classroom. Use songs your students love, or songs you know will support people feeling great. When the music stops, everyone knows the class is ready to begin.
2. WHEN PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER
Play reflective music when students are sharing with a partner or a team. Reflective, music, creates “white noise” so students feel less self-conscious and more willing to engage.
3. AT THE END OF THE SESSION
Play feel-good music the moment your class ends. When students leave your class feeling good, they might remember your class session for the rest of the day and look forward to their return.