Music is closely tied to memory and it can be a great teaching tool for some. Children songs can be found almost everywhere and these same tunes can be used as a learning device in classrooms as well. The nature of music makes it the perfect vehicle for triggering memory. These triggers can be planted in children songs and used for powerful learning strategies.
Many teachers look to visual aids to help them drive concepts home to elementary school students. Many students benefit from visual learning tools that help them retain information through visual memory. Music can be used as a teaching tool in the same way that visual strategies can be incorporated into a lesson plan.
The use of children songs in the classroom is not a new concept. Many savvy teachers have been practicing this teaching method for countless years. The benefits of using children songs in the classroom are numerous. Some adults can even remember tunes that they heard as children. This music stays with us for years.
Gardner抯 Eight Intelligences is an innovative perspective on how people learn. There are eight types of learners. Some students are visual learners while others learn by doing. Some students learn best through lectures while others are language learners and take in information best if it is presented as a story. A large population falls under the category Gardner specifies as musical learners.
A creative teacher can help students who fall under the musical learners?category by incorporating children songs into the lesson plan. The songs can be used as memory aids that not only benefit those students who learn best when information is presented in musical form but for the entire class as well.
Children songs can be used to present information in a rhythmic and repetitive manner that is conducive to learning. Just about everyone has had the experience of a tune that simply won抰 go out of his head. The benefit of using children songs to drive the information deep into memory is powerful.
Also, students tend to enjoy music and they are motivated to pay attention and learn through this valuable teaching tool. Students with special needs are often pleased to know that children songs are going to be used in a classroom. A teacher can also use the music to organize events in the classroom. For example, she plays the same song when the students are expected to sit at circle time. Children songs can do so many great things for a class.