Making Classroom Management Fun With Music

This week for Music In Our Schools Month, we will explore how to integrate music as a means for executing effective classroom management.

As someone who primarily taught students at risk of failure for 14 years and co-authored the book Conscious Classroom Management, Rick Smith has rich advice related to managing classroom expectations and making it fun for teachers and students. One strategy is using music to promote efficient transitions. Whatever grade and subject-level you teach, this practical and effective strategy can be immediately implemented in your classroom. See below to watch a video featuring this strategy!

Access information about Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn’s Conscious Classroom Management Lumibook here!

7 Ways to Implement Music as Part of Your Classroom Culture

  1. Before school: play music as a welcome for students to enter the room. This can set the tone for the day and also serve as a signal for when it is okay for students to enter the room.
  2. To start school: choose an upbeat theme song for your classroom with simple motions to get students moving around (e.g., high fiving their peers).
  3. During transitions: choose a 10-second, 30-second, and 1-minute clip of different songs so students can time themselves during transitions.
  4. Setting the tone: choose music that will set the tone for particular class activities like reading, discussions, or group work.
  5. Challenging students: teach songs to students that have cultural, historical, or thematic relation to new content.
  6. As lessons: to challenge readers, teach new vocabulary, or to illustrate a principle from class, use a song!
  7. End of day: in addition to a song for beginning class, one to end will provide closure for the day’s lesson, and help students end on a high note (literally).

Source: Scholastic

Teaching in Action

This video segment on Edivate, Music for Transitions, features Rick Smith describing the strategy in detail, as well as Ms. Kim Wichert, a science teacher at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska.

The segment also comes with a downloadable study guide that includes additional resources and thought-questions for implementing music for transitions.

These materials are part of a comprehensive series of videos and downloadable resources available only on Edivate.

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