Like most of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies, his thoughts on music were both thought provoking and extreme: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Whether or not you agree with our Deutsche friend, it is true that music has a profound and transformational impact on human identity. It is also true that music is a great way to liven up your classroom and incorporate multisensory learning into your activities.
Although tradition—as opposed to scientific data—has influenced many educators to set academic information to music (think about the way you learned the ABCs), research does suggest that it works. In his book, A Teacher’s Guide to Multisensory Learning, Lawrence Baines cites scholarly research that rather convincingly suggests that music-infused classrooms positively impact students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation.
In our last post, we talked a bit about arts integration. We’d like to continue the discussion by offering a few ideas for how you might incorporate music and multisensory learning into your lesson plans.
Multisensory Learning Activity: The Film Score
If you want to get fancy, you can take this activity a step further and have your students choose contemporary actors, actresses and directors for this film adaptation. The idea, of course, is for them to write persuasively about their choices and use textual support to bolster their argument.
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