Get Kids Talking About Music
While often the goal is for students to actively make music, there is also value in having students think and talk about music!
While often the goal is for students to actively make music, there is also value in having students think and talk about music! Thinking and talking about music provides a variety of educational, cognitive, and social benefits. It allows students to delve deeper into the musical elements, providing a more comprehensive understanding of musical concepts. It encourages students to think critically about what they hear, sing, and play. When talking about music, students could be encouraged to explore and express emotions connected to the music, while also strengthening their vocabulary and social connections.
Suggestions for Music Classes
This may all sound complicated, but it doesn’t need to be! First determine what you want the students to discuss – start with a few simple questions and build from there as students are ready. Then use one of the strategies described on the “Get Kids Talking About Music” cheat sheet to facilitate student conversations about music. As students become more comfortable talking to their peers, you can increase the depth and breadth of the topics.