Sunday, October 5, 2014

Do you need a digital hug? There is a playlist for that!

As I entered a classroom the other week I noticed something immediately.  The kids were reading and Katie Dausmann was conferencing with a student in one corner.  This is a typical scene in any elementary classroom so it took me a while to figure out what was so different.

Almost out of reach was this soft music playing.  It seemed to have magically set the tone for the whole room, it was time to read and reflect quietly.

I have read about the power certain music can have but finding those specific songs can be rather challenging until now. Katie was using a specific playlist on Songza called Ambient Music for Reading.  I believe playing this music at a low level helped create a super atmosphere in the classroom.

There are also a whole set of Genres and Moods within Spotify that can accomplish the same thing.

I did find a section called Kids on Spotify.  This section contains lists like Disney, Hipster Youth and Minecraft.  Yep, Minecraft has inspired a whole series of songs.

What about Pandora?  Check out Vitamin String Quartet.  This channel has all your favorites played with a twist.  Check it out, you will not be disappointed!

What music do you use in your classroom?

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