Classroom Excellence: The Application of Music in Learning

A musically oriented approach to classroom management can be a godsend for teachers who desire to establish a sense of culture, character, and excellence.

The sounds of music are universal and powerful. Without music, the world can be a gloomy, unexciting dwelling place. Music can influence not only individuals but also music can persuade nations to rethink their value in the world.

If music has such vital impact on people in general, why not utilize the power of music to influence student performance more effectively in the classroom. According to studies, “Music stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms to attain a state of deep concentration and focus in which large amounts of content information can be processed and learned.”

There is no doubt about it. A classroom in which music plays an influential role will certainly enhance classroom performance on a high level.

The appropriate music can create tremendous value in learning and academics.

Aids in achievement

If teachers desire to see their students reach levels of achievement that will impress parents as well as the administration, then music may be one of the tools that will get the job done.  Because music has the power to influence focus, students will be more productive. The appropriate music will inspire the calmness needed to stay on task.

Improves Attitudes

Many students enter the classroom with various emotional issues which either originate at home or while in school.  Sometimes no amount of redirection or incentives will do.  However, since music can affect moods and change atmospheres, the opportunity to improve students’ attitude toward school, classmates, and academic knowledge is significantly enhanced.

Increases Awareness

Many classroom teachers use the sound of music to create awareness of everything from transitioning to lining up for recess and lunch. The activity works wonders. For example, if teachers want their students to be in their seats and ready to learn at a certain time, he or she could use a certain type of music to implement this idea.

A teacher can train students to respond to a particular song or sound.  I utilized this technique when a full-time teacher in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  The results were magnificent.  The activity helped eliminate a pattern of constant reminders and redirections.

Heightens Creativity

Music and creativity go hand in hand. Music can inspire creative performance, especially soft classical music, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Studies prove that such music can create alpha states of being.  In such states, creative and focus are heightened.

Enhances Overall Classroom Performance

The bottom line is that the sounds of music is incredibly powerful.  As teachers, we have a tremendous opportunity to change the dynamics of a classroom from a mediocre one where kids barely get along to an excellent one where students are united with a sense of academic and social oneness.

In music oriented classrooms, the atmosphere is always interesting, seldom boring.  Playing background music all day long improves the emotional intelligence of each student and establishes calmness in the atmosphere.