Music has the ability to greatly affect our feelings and energy levels, without even thinking about it, we use music to create desired moods and to make us happy, to enjoy movement and dance, to bring back powerful memories, to help us relax and focus. Music is a powerful tool for our personal expression within our daily lives it helps set the scene for many important experiences.
How is it that for most people music is a powerful part of their personal life and yet when we go to work or school we turn it off? The intentional use of music in the classroom enables the learning manager to set the scene and learning atmosphere to enhance our teaching and learning activities. Music, one of the joys of life, can be one of the joys of learning as well. There are several techniques such as attention, attitude and atmosphere, learning information and personal expression. With these techniques the learning manager can orchestrate a classroom environment that is rich and resonant and provide learners with a symphony of learning opportunities and a sound education.It has also been found that listening to background music while completing school work increases attention levels, improves retention and memory, extend focused learning time and expand thinking skills.
The piece of music I downloaded is called Down Home Rockin by Kevin MacLeod. It is classified as Rock and includes Drums, Bass Guitar and Piano.
Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom, 1995, Viewed on 20 August 2009, http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/arts/brewer.htm