I play classical music on low most of the day while my students work. It masks the sounds from the classrooms on either side of me. (We have thin walls!) It also reminds them if they are being too loud in centers or stations.
One of the best benefits is that the music calms my asbergers student and another ED student.
I use the music with wrap-ups to practice multiplication facts. They love to rap their factors!
I also do music that is upbeat for breaks as well. Indoor recess & parties call for special jazz or rock.
I find adding motions, rhythm, and/or rhyme to vocabulary helps my students remember it beter over longer periods.
Music is essential!
Yet some more great ideas and uses for music. I totally agree. It *is* essential!
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