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January 19, 2011 Mr. Vasicek's Classroom Music Playlist By Brent Vasicek
Grades 1–2

    After reading my post "Music to Manage Your Classroom," some of you wanted to know some good tunes to play in your classroom. Grab your speakers and get ready to download some of the songs I use regularly in my classroom. Enjoy!


    Photo courtesy of Rinjith Krishnan.



    Come-In Songs — Bouncy songs to start the day off right.

    Morning Kickoff — These songs provide a short, interactive way to start the day as soon as that bell rings. In my class we accompany the songs with motions and peer interaction. Positive touch each day can really help to build relationships (see Dr. Becky Bailey).

    Writing Time — During writing time, I play slow-paced songs that have no recognizable lyrics, which would create a distraction. I play these selections ONLY when the students should be writing. The last song is ALWAYS the same so they know they need to wrap up their thoughts. Works like a charm . . . just like Pavlov's experiment.

    Subject Anchors — I use these songs to indicate the start of the next subject. The songs signal what books and folders students will need for the next lesson.

    Timed Transitions — I find TV theme songs work great for this.

    • Thirtysomething theme song — one minute  (The link goes to an extended version of the song.)
    • ER TV theme song — one minute
    • Malcolm in the Middle TV theme song — 30 seconds (Again, this links to an extended version of the song.)
    • A reader's comment on my first post about music alerted me to TV Ad Songs, a website that hosts free downloads of commercial jingles, video game soundtracks, and TV theme songs.

    End of the Day

    Class Songs — A song we pick to sing every Friday during our reflection and share time, which we call "Highs and Lows."

    Woofer_music_03 Photo by: Salvatore Vuono

    Dance Favorites

    Other Favorites

    Feel free to use any of these playlist to manage your own classroom. If you are a teacher in my building, however, I respectfully ask you refrain from using the playlists, as the Pavlovian conditioning is powerful and difficult to unprogram.

    What cool songs do you use?

    2I2 Trademark 2010 Vasicek Get that tune out of my head,



    2i2 is a trademark of Mr. Vasicek's class to symbolize living to your potential and doing it with Integrity.


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