Using Music in Class

Engaging Students


I don’t always use music in class…but when I do, this is one way in which I’ve had some success.

In my large activity classes, when we are in tournament play I like to use (or succumb to student pressure) music to pump up the energy in the class – especially with those classes that are early or late in the day. I used to use Pandora radio which creates it’s playlists around one particular artist or genre. Although that created some great playlists inevitably the music wasn’t to the liking of every student, plus I had no control over the content and the occasional non-school-appropriate track resulted in mad dashes over to the iPod to skip a track or two.

So, in an effort to include all students, and pre-screen the music, I now collect a suggested song (or two) from each student to add to a playlist on

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