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The Chris Challenge - Multiple Intelligences - 50 ways to incorporate music/song/rhythm in the classroom

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Here we go:

 

  1. Play an introductory song at the beginning of the class as a warmer.
  2. Teach a song in English.
  3. Give a presentation with a musical accompaniment.
  4. Sing an explanation, grammar structure, answer etc.
  5. Rap an explanation, grammar structure, answer etc.
  6. Indicate rhythmic patterns in speech.
  7. Explain musical similarities to…
  8. Make an instrument.
  9. Play a song while students colour or do craft activities.
  10. Play a song as the students are coming into class.
  11. Clap syllable segmentation.
  12. Clap sentence segmentation.
  13. Clap the vowel order.
  14. Clap the alphabet.
  15. Clap-drill new vocabulary.
  16. Use instruments in class for various activities.
  17. Combine music and TPR to teach body parts.
  18. Sing various mundane classroom tasks, such as marking attendance.
  19. Create a musical performance for parents.
  20. Teach action verbs using different pace and rhythm, such as “walk, walk, walk (pause) walk, walk, walk”.
  21. Make a certain song the focus of a class and teach around it.
  22. Use a drum to countdown time-limits.
  23. Use an instrument as a warning for misbehaving students.
  24. Use a whistle to check disallowed L1 usage.
  25. Sing a song while students are packing up at the end of class.
  26. Use a song choice as a reward; students can choose the music that will be played during a quite activity.
  27. Drill using different pace and volume.
  28. Watch a musical video as a reward.
  29. Review a musical video.
  30. Elicit meaning from song lyrics.
  31. Elicit meaning from a musical video.
  32. Sing a structure, and then change certain words or chunks while still singing to the same beat.
  33. Teach different genres of music.
  34. Students pretend to be famous singers, are interviewed and sing.
  35. Teach a lesson focused solely on music.
  36. Teach how to read music.
  37. Let students listen to music and review or give meaning for homework.
  38. Encourage students to listen to English songs at home.
  39. Hum.
  40. Make interesting and funny noises when interacting with young children.
  41. Use sounds and noise with TPR to emphasize meaning such as shrugging with a “Hmmm?”
  42. Use animal noises when teaching animals, traffic noises when teaching transport etc.
  43. Teach musical instrument vocabulary.
  44. Use a silly song or dance as a deterrent for misbehaviour.
  45. Create a drumming circle and incorporate phonics, lexical sets etc.
  46. Play a sound file or song as a warmer or engager before an activity.
  47. Create a class band.
  48. Write song lyrics or raps.
  49. Conduct musical auditions, American Idol style.
  50. Play a cooler song to conclude a class.

 

 

 

Well done Chris. I know you like a challenge.

How about another 100 ways to use music in class?!?!!?


Christopher Hoade said:

Here we go:

 

  1. Play an introductory song at the beginning of the class as a warmer.
  2. Teach a song in English.
  3. Give a presentation with a musical accompaniment.
  4. Sing an explanation, grammar structure, answer etc.
  5. Rap an explanation, grammar structure, answer etc.
  6. Indicate rhythmic patterns in speech.
  7. Explain musical similarities to…
  8. Make an instrument.
  9. Play a song while students colour or do craft activities.
  10. Play a song as the students are coming into class.
  11. Clap syllable segmentation.
  12. Clap sentence segmentation.
  13. Clap the vowel order.
  14. Clap the alphabet.
  15. Clap-drill new vocabulary.
  16. Use instruments in class for various activities.
  17. Combine music and TPR to teach body parts.
  18. Sing various mundane classroom tasks, such as marking attendance.
  19. Create a musical performance for parents.
  20. Teach action verbs using different pace and rhythm, such as “walk, walk, walk (pause) walk, walk, walk”.
  21. Make a certain song the focus of a class and teach around it.
  22. Use a drum to countdown time-limits.
  23. Use an instrument as a warning for misbehaving students.
  24. Use a whistle to check disallowed L1 usage.
  25. Sing a song while students are packing up at the end of class.
  26. Use a song choice as a reward; students can choose the music that will be played during a quite activity.
  27. Drill using different pace and volume.
  28. Watch a musical video as a reward.
  29. Review a musical video.
  30. Elicit meaning from song lyrics.
  31. Elicit meaning from a musical video.
  32. Sing a structure, and then change certain words or chunks while still singing to the same beat.
  33. Teach different genres of music.
  34. Students pretend to be famous singers, are interviewed and sing.
  35. Teach a lesson focused solely on music.
  36. Teach how to read music.
  37. Let students listen to music and review or give meaning for homework.
  38. Encourage students to listen to English songs at home.
  39. Hum.
  40. Make interesting and funny noises when interacting with young children.
  41. Use sounds and noise with TPR to emphasize meaning such as shrugging with a “Hmmm?”
  42. Use animal noises when teaching animals, traffic noises when teaching transport etc.
  43. Teach musical instrument vocabulary.
  44. Use a silly song or dance as a deterrent for misbehaviour.
  45. Create a drumming circle and incorporate phonics, lexical sets etc.
  46. Play a sound file or song as a warmer or engager before an activity.
  47. Create a class band.
  48. Write song lyrics or raps.
  49. Conduct musical auditions, American Idol style.
  50. Play a cooler song to conclude a class.

 

 

 

Yes, nice list.    You might enter this as a post in Eva's edition of the ELT Blog Carnival? She's asking for a song but I'm sure will post up something like this. 

I like the idea of humming. Can you hum in English? I think so ....

I keep being amazed at all the views of my 50 list for using music and song in the ELT Classroom.

Thanks ddeubel,

We weren't aware that you had done a list already! Cheers for forever expanding our knowledge-base. haha

Well Malachy, between ddeubel and I we have 100. Does that count? :D

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