Those of you who know how I roll can probably imagine the look on my face when I saw a linky party centered around music in the classroom! Well, let’s just say that my heart skipped a beat and I knew that this was a linky that I had to be in on. Thanks Amanda at Teaching Maddeness!
I use music with my students ALL the time. It is such a powerful teaching tool. Not only is it über brain compatible, but it also drives emotion . . . the essential ingredient to turning those short-term memories into long-term learning for our kiddos. And, in addition to all of this technical stuff, music is just flat out fun!
Obviously, I have a favorite songwriter who makes up the majority of my MP3 action (more on this in a moment), but I do have a few others that I like to bump as well.
RON BROWN’S INTELLI-TUNES
No surprises here (well, if you follow me). Ron is my dad and I love to use his stuff in my classroom. My pops started out as a primary teacher and taught for 25 years before retiring early to focus on creating classroom music. With this said, he “gets it.” Because he worked as an educator, Ron knows what makes kids tick and what teachers want. I know. I know. I may be a little biased, but take a listen. His talent speaks for itself. Unfortunately, I ended up with my mother’s singing voice . . . YIKES!
Here are a few samples of his tunes and a few videos that other teachers have put together. In addition, Kim Sutton from Creative Mathematics uses Ron’s music like crazy. I have included a video of Kim so you can see some of the movements you can incorporate with his songs.
Ron Brown’s Intelli-Tunes
This is still one of my favorites – we break out the eyepatches.
Push PLAY to start and PAUSE to stop the sample.
Ron Brown’s Intelli-TUnes