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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

CURRICULUM KARAOKE™ ~ Integrating Classroom Learning Through Song

 'Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.' ~ Grace Slick
Kathryn and I are very excited to bring you our latest, innovative classroom teaching resource ~ CURRICULUM KARAOKE™ (all downloadable here)!

When I mentioned this concept to a few teacher friends a while back, their amused response was, 'Do you mean to tell us we're going to be singing the curriculum?!'. 

Well, yes, that's exactly what I meant to tell them! That is to say, this highly motivational, interactive resource, with its MP4 song & lyrics video format supports, enhances and integrates 

It extends literacy and adds another dimension to the way our students learn curriculum content, themes and concepts ~ all at the touch of a button!  



Not musical ~ NO worries!
  • Just download the MP4 file and play on your classroom whiteboard or computer!
  • Students read / sing & learn along as the song plays and the lyrics display on the screen.
  • No need to print out lyrics or create a power point - the Mp4 does it all for you, making it easy for the whole class or school to follow the lyrics on any screen and read / sing along together.


‘Because when kids are learning through the arts, they end up getting a deeper understanding and the concepts end up sticking much better…’ ~ Elizabeth Peterson 
Music is a very powerful and effective medium for helping young people to connect with learning content ~ it's a language they understand. It makes perfect sense to utilise song as a learning tool in our classrooms. 

Singer-songwriter, Bruce Springsteen illustrates perfectly the powerful effect of music on memory, in a line from one of his songs, 'Surrender': 



CURRICULUM KARAOKE™
  • Comprises curriculum-aligned songs that target outcomes & learning sequences of curriculum documents. There's 'A Lesson in Every Lyric'®
  • Supports, enhances  and integrates classroom learning across key subject areas
  • Plays on your classroom whiteboard and other devices to help students learn curriculum-aligned content, themes and concepts
  • Extends literacy ~ reading(students read / sing along with the lyrics, as if they are reading a book), comprehension, grammar, punctuation, poetry text type study...
  • Energizes classroom discussions
  • Enables students to take a more active role in their learning and have a better understanding and memory of content
  • Aids recall
  • Reinforces learning content
  • Hones listening skills
  • Contributes to a positive learning environment
  • Creates and promotes unity
  • Makes learning fun... 


TIPS & SUGGESTIONS FOR USE: 
  • Students take turns reading the text, while the rest of the class follows the rhythm ~ brains and bodies work together to garner meaning.
  • Pause the power point at any time to choose new readers, clarify meaning, make a point, question the class on a line of text for comprehension, define key words, etc.
  • Students sing along with the vocal track (this aids accurate singing of melody and lyrics)
  • Divide the class into groups for chorus, verses, etc.
  • Create a cloze passage to assess comprehension of content
  • Perform as a class item for school assemblies
  • Project lyrics onto screen, for whole school participation!  
CURRICULUM KARAOKE™ is a growing line of products. Currently, the following MP4 song videos are available:

                                                     ‘LivingValues’ 

                                                    ‘OneWorld’

                                                    ‘HealthyKids’

                                                    ‘Bully-FreeZone!’

                                                    ‘Our Class Rules!’

                                                    'Australia'

                                                    'Busy Bodies'



                                                          'Keep It Clean!'

                                                          'Our Solar System'

                                                          'Summer Sunday'








Until next time!

Yours in Singing to Learn,

Nuala ♫


         Nuala O'Hanlon
         Teacher; Lyricist; Director,
         'A Lesson in Every Lyric'®

         A Review: ‘In terms of application to the classroom, and usability by teachers they rate a tick in every box.’ ~ Brendan Hitchens, teacher: Music In Action, A Magazine for Educators
             
**FYI: Our curriculum-aligned teaching teaching resources are also available as: 

Links
                                                                'A Lesson in Every Lyric'®


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