Pink Floyd in the classroom

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  1. h2omane

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    A friend once told me that playing long ballad type songs during seat work helps kids concentrate, and keep the noise level down.

    What do you think?

    And,

    What do you play in your classroom?

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    I have 2 Mozart Effect Music for Children CDs that I constantly play. I play it when my students are writing, during written assignments, while they are working on their math, when they arrive in the morning, when we are settling down after recess... I find they talk less when I play them. At times I even tell them that I will put the music on so that they could concentrate better and talk less.

    I bought an instrumental Christmas CD last weekend but the music was too upbeat and my students were dancing around in their seats, bopping their heads and just listening to the music rather than working. I might just play this as we are waiting for buses.
     
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    We're using mainly nature sounds right now--I have four 'built in' to my alarm clock, so we rotate through. My kids are city kids who complained initially about how annoying the brook or the wind was, but now love to walk into the room and guess what the day's sound is. My kids seem calmer when we play it.

    We do play a little jazz sometimes, not too much classical yet.
     
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    I use a lot of nature cd's too. No complaints, they all love it. Also Enya, Celtic music and sometimes lively music like Bill Schontz (The Day I Read a Book). Sometimes Beatles or whatever the kids bring in to me.
     
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    I use music all the time in my room. The type ranges on what we are doing from Disney Jams cds to classical to Louis Armstrong to Native American flute. I love music and try to expose them to all different kinds.
     
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    To play as the kids are working I use classical music, like the Mozart Effect or any other classical music. I like the classical cds for babies, they have songs that are good for waking up, play time, resting, which are good for certain parts of the day.
     
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    thats cool,

    but what about (sniff sniff) Pink Floyd?
    (sniff sniff)
    and Led Zeppelin?
    (tear begins to form)
    does no one listen to Shine on you crazy Diamond?

    :D
     
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    I'm not sure I would be brave enough to play Pink Floyd, especially "Brick in the Wall". That's all they need, another excuse not to study. Some of the other songs might be OK. I have always thought "Comfortably Numb" sounded a lot like someone shooting up, but my brother is always trying to convince me otherwise. I really can't coment about Zeplin. I guess you would have to consider the age group, maturity level, how parents would react if they found out, etc.
     
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    i don't listen to pink floyd outside of school, so i'm less inclined to listen to it in school, i suppose.

    we try to use music without vocals/lyrics during work time so it doesn't distract the kids.
     
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    The research supports music without lyrics. 60 beats per mminute is recommended. The 60 beats per minute are important because that is the rate your heart beats when relaxed. The music helps to remind you to breathe and stay relaxed. When you are studying with music in the background and you hear the music, that is a reminder to breathe deeply. While you are in the relaxed system you don't hear the music really. The music helps to create a peaceful relaxed environment, prime for learning and using long term memory.
     
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    Thank you for sharing this.

    And +1 for Native American, in my classroom. :)
     
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    I love Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. If you are allowed, then play both...it doesn't get much better.
     
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    One member in my teachers college curriculum and instruction course said that her grade 6 teacher brought in his Pink Floyd Albums, and Original autographed Zeppelin III album.

    She said, Once he put them on the kids were really hungry for more music like that, and that every morning he would put on a song right after morning announcments during bellwork. Nobody was late to his class, as they would miss out on hearing the song.

    This is why I put up the thread. I was unaware of the 60 beats per minute rule. thats awesome information.

    How do you know if the music has 60 Beats per sminute?

    I would only be playing longer songs, like shine on you crazy diamond, sheep, etc.

    Just wondering if there is more long ballad type songs out there that any class could enjoy. My family is not a classical music family, so I'm naive in what ranges of music are out there.

    Thanks,

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    Listen to some Brian Eno.
     
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    I recently ordered off of one of the freebie sites on this forum, jazz in the classroom. It has a dvd, cd, and lesson plans (how to tie jazz into studies on American History and literature i guess- I haven't tried them out yet).

    There was also a website I found that ties lessons to music.. Speak, spoken, voice.. something.. I will look if anyone is interested..
    http://www.voicesacrosstime.org/come-all-ye/ti/2006/Lesson Plans/09CrockerWalstenBullets.html

    that said, if I was going to play music during work times, and I wanted some Celtic, flute, American Indian SOUNDS (I do not want words) what are some NAMES of albums I should buy? Thanks
     
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    My same point exactly. What are some really good albums that have 60 beats per minute that I can purchase for my classroom?

    Thanks,

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    I can't off the bat recognize 60bpm, but the following are fairly slow.

    Alan Parsons Project - Time, and Eye in the Sky
    Depeche Mode - Clean, Sweetest Perfection and Waiting for the Night, all three from the Violator album
    Pink Floyd - Us and Them

    For the last one, I understand that it was composed to be the music for a scene in a movie (documentary?) where vietnam war protesters were being beaten savagely by police in slow motion. Might want to do some research on that and then explain it to the students before playing it, that context makes it more interesting.
     
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    Oh, almost forgot. I have a working record player in my room and a huge set of Montovanni's records as well as a few other good ones that I play. The kids love the novelty of hearing a record.
     
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    When I was in college, my phil. of ed. professor did a study on music and education in our class. About once a month we brought in songs, turned off the lights and discussed why they were important to us as teachers. There was a lot of Floyd played then.

    I went to see the Pink Floyd Experience last week, and love it...

    But, in my Kindergarten room I use one of those white noise / nature sounds machines that you use to sleep. My kids LOVE it.

    Kelly
     
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    ChristyF, I use Enya for journal time!

    The dream machine idea I've not thought of--I may try that after seeing it here a few times. My kiddos like surf/ocean sounds.:)
     
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    When I was in high school, my teacher would ask us kids to bring in songs that contained an interesting lyric we could use as a quote to prompt that day's journal writing. We would write for the length of the song plus whatever extra time was needed to get us to 10 minutes. The quote would be written up on the board. If kids wanted to respond to the quote, they could, or they could write about whatever was on their mind.
    We loved it because it gave us an excuse to listen to music and made journaling more fun.
     
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    Thanks czacza! I have about four classical CDs and an instrumental CD of hymns. I like them, but I get sick of them after a while. I'm going to look into these titles for a bit of variety.

    "My same point exactly. What are some really good albums that have 60 beats per minute that I can purchase for my classroom?"

    I have some Manheim Steamroller I play around Christmas. I love the O'Neil Brothers (piano instrumental) and Enya. When we are doing group work, art, etc. I have a couple of CDs with vocals. One is the Curious George soundtrack. I wish I had the soundtracks to the two Fantasia movies.
     
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    I love the samples on there! I am going to order the creative writing cd. THANKS!!!
     
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    Thanks all, for your posts.

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    Download "Pandora" on your computer, and type in the name of one song or artist or band you especially love, one that matches all your criteria. Pandora will play it, and then continuously play tons of other songs that fall into that same category. You can create several different "stations" for yourself and for your students.
     
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    I think a great Zeppelin song to play is "White Summer/Black Mountain." It is long, instrumental and one of my favorites.


     
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    Oh my gosh.
    I am now completely obsessed with this site.
    AMAZING.

    Thank you for distracting me from the five thousand assignments due this week.
    Finding new music similar to music I already love is far more fulfilling.

    :D
     
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    THANK YOU JANE! This is fabulous!
     

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