The Role of Music in Enhancing the Curriculum

The role of music in enhancing the curriculum has proven to be effective for many teachers. Music can benefit the classroom as it is a method for students to make movement. Young learners need brain breaks which is essential to their learning development. Students that have physical impairments will benefit from listening to music as it can help with their concentration levels and have more influence in their movements. Music is a teaching method that can offer another form of motivation for the students and give them a sense of confidence as the music can be used as a distraction from themselves. Music is even used routinely in personal lives to change moods and to recall memories and feelings.

The role of music is effective in enhancing the curriculum when used as a tool, it can be used for establishing a routine which is beneficial for younger students. Students can perform certain actions when cued from songs. For example cleaning up, giving them an expectation that must be recognized.

Rhythm and melody are beneficial for memorization. It allows students to organize information in a way that is easy to evoke.  Establishing songs to the students allows them to connect with the material. This can assign meaning on to what they are learning. This will allow them to practice creative expression alongside with their memorization.

To manage the energy levels of the classroom, music can be used to set the mood and to manage the energy levels. Relaxing music can be used to signify calmness whereas a faster paced song can be used for energetic activities.

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An English teacher from Scotland who made a website to share resources for free with the whole world! Currently based in Hong Kong, teaching in an International Kindergarten and tutoring Primary students.

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