Music Can Enhance Core Teaching (part 2)

Country Music. New York City. They go together like…grits and pizza?

Music programs around the country are helping to teach core subjects through music. As reported by the Associated Press recently, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words and Music” program teaches language arts through lyric writing and has helped more than 100,000 students develop Language Arts and storytelling skills.

In October, the program partnered with the non-profit organization, “Education Through Music” to bring music to disadvantaged New York City schools. Students at Bronx’s Pelham Gardens Middle School worked with Grammy-winning songwriter Liz Rose, who has written with Taylor Swift and some of the biggest names in country music. Together, they co-wrote an inspiration song that appealed to students.

“For nearly four decades, the Words & Music program has helped students access and express their creativity, while building essential language arts skills,” museum CEO Kyle Young told the AP. Many programs provide curriculum, video-conferencing, and visits to your school.

Avoid underestimating the value added to the classroom by introducing unique music into your own learning environment. When students are engaged, stimulated, and curious, they become motivated and their learning improves, more so when you can introduce a concept that already appeals to them.

Discuss the importance of music with your students, and find the genre that influences them or maybe introduce one with which they’re unfamiliar. Allow students to make emotional connections, and fuel their curiosity by bringing music into the classroom in unique and creative ways.

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