First, a few things that I know about music:
- I have never met anyone that wasn’t affected by music.
- Music can change your mood in a split second.
- A resting heartbeat is 60 beats per minute and music can match that.
- Hearing the same song, at the same time is an AMAZING way to build routine.
- There is countless research linking music to academic achievement.
Now, my favorite music for the classroom.
My absolute favorite channel for the classroom is Vitamin String Quartet. They play instrumental versions of popular songs. I love this for a couple of reasons. The first being that sometimes you, and your students, just want to listen to a song that you have stuck in your head. The second being that students love current music, and don’t like the instrumental versions any less. I feel much safer playing an instrumental version of a pop song than the original, even if the lyrics are completely clean. I think the best part may be hearing my students sing along to their favorite songs.
This music is perfect for when you are working on something that is going to be a little on the noisy side. I will turn it on and let students know that if we can’t hear the music we will have to have some volume control. It works like a charm every time!
This one is my favorite!
Here’s a great Buzzfeed Article with more greats by Vitamin String Quartet!
There are several other great instrumental artists, so I would recommend looking around for one that suits your taste best!
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