Using Music on the Web
Chris Brewer of 'Sountracks for Learning', suggests that incorporating music into your classroom has many benefits that will enhance the learning environment. These benefits include:
During my time at placement schools and the time i have spent in my own children's classrooms, i have witnessed some extensive cd collections. These compilations include an array of music that caters for many classroom activities. As Melissa has suggested, music can be used for packing up, transition time, presentations and also as a subject. Having a varied selection of music to maintain student engagement, for each of these activites, can become a costly exercise.
The alternative to this is using royalty free music. Websites such as INCOMPETECH provide a vast selection of music that is covered under the Creative Commons agreement. As mentioned in my earlier 'Copyright Catastrophe' post, Creative Commons (2009) is a shared culture that preserves identity.
After exploring the INCOMPETECH website, i chose a piece of music that i can incorporate into the medieval unit my year 4/5/6 class is currently completing. The instrumental piece is a simple folk melody that contains epic, mystical and somber attributes. The music gradually builds in intensity to reach a triumphant ending. I am in the process of creating a PowerPoint to accompany the music, that will tell of a newly appointed knight and the journey he is about to embark on. The intent is for students to gain the impression that the knight has entered battle and then returns home to his loved ones, after an honorable act of workmanship. The following is a basic outline of the essential elements in the lesson: