Using music, the guitar, in K class

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by the_guy, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. the_guy

    the_guy Rookie

    Oct 21, 2008
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    Oct 23, 2008

    I play my guitar a lot in class. We have lots of songs we do just for fun , and some that are geared towards academics.

    Does anyone else use music in this way? If so, any tips on songs or activities that work well? Any downside to playing more music than average?
  3. Samothrace

    Samothrace Cohort

    Mar 14, 2008
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    Oct 25, 2008

    keep doing it! I wouldn't stop. While I'm an art teacher I promote art and music as much as I can. Even if you do clapping or other cordination things..that helps the kids! even if it doesn't seem like it!

    I know last year my music teacher worked with our reading specialist to raise the reading scores and did a lot of different things to promote fluencey and all that fun stuff.

    I wouldn't say there is a downfall. The research is there for art and's just getting everyone else to believe in it. It's hard to prove it, b/c it's not an immediate result. It's prolonged exposure that benefits students the most! But she did help raise their scores in the few monthes they were doing this and ended up having to do some presintations at the other elementary buildings in a very urban and crazy district!
  4. cosmoteach

    cosmoteach Rookie

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    Oct 26, 2008

    My K students LOVE music! We have music throughout the whole day. I use songs for calendar, to teach letter sounds, for bean bag activities, and just for fun. I wish I could play the guitar like you...I am sure the kids love it!
  5. mom2sands

    mom2sands Comrade

    Mar 24, 2006
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    Oct 27, 2008

    I'm considering purchasing a keyboard. I play the piano. We use lots of music already, but I think they would really enjoy this.

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