One thing that I noticed (and all my colleagues noticed) was the fact that the moment you walk through the door at RCA it is LOUD. Loud in a very good way. Music is blaring students are on drums and it is an eruption of energy.
In several of the classrooms teachers used music in their lessons and even changed the words to some popular songs and added in their content.
I have always loved music and singing. I grew up singing solo’s in church, singing in the choir and was even in traveling groups during college. However, actually writing content based songs was a little baffling to me.
I am not sure where I found this information. However, as I was researching where to begin in the process of writing my own songs these are the steps I followed.
- Find a song – try looking at Radio Disney for some kid friendly pop songs.
- Print out the lyrics.
- Pick out the area of concentration – what words, concepts or skills do you want this song to reinforce?
- Count the syllables in each line and match the syllables with your content information.
- Sing through it to see if it sounds okay.
Here is my first ever song – Ocean Floor to the tune of Thunder by Imagine Dragons!
To present this to students you have several options. You can sing acapela (not my forte – my nerves get the best of me). Or you can sing over the original, which I don’t suggest because of the kids singing the normal words. Or you can record your own version.
In order to present this to my students I used the Smule Karaokee App to record my own version of the song. I then played this so that the students could learn the song.
It is posted on my classroom website !
Since this time I have discovered another science teacher who writes songs for his science class – Mr. Parr. He has an entire youtube channel of science songs.
I hope you found some good information in this post that you can use in your own classroom! Until next time!!