If you decide to use music in your classroom classical music is best. Now having said that, you need to consider the age group of your students and match the music. Whatever the music is that you select it should be an instrumental, otherwise the students will focus on the lyrics, and it should not be any faster than a heartbeat. If you play fast music you will find that the students become hyped up, instead of calmer. Also, you will find that the students will need a variety of instrumental music to keep them engaged. Playing music from different genres is a great way for students to learn about various types of music, not to mention, culture and history.
My class had a theme song it was Kermit the Frog's song "Rainbow Connection," as sung by Sarah McLachlan. I also taught with a middle school math teacher who played "Hit the Road Jack", by Ray Charles, at the end of every class. In fact, the 8th graders sang this song to him, in honor of his retirement, at their graduation ceremony. It was fantastic!
Music for visualization and imagery: Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)
Debussy The Sea; Nocturnes
Listz Hungarian Rhapsodies
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Music for focusing: J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos; The Well-
Brahms Violin Concertos
Handel Water Music
Telemann Concerto for 3 Violins and Orchestra
Music for calming: Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Copland Quiet City; Appalachian Spring
Debussy Clair de lune
Lee Parkening Plays Bach
Wagner Evening Star
Music to relieve tension: J.S. Bach Air on a G String
Faure Piano music
Giuliani Guitar Concertos
Pachelbel Canon in D
Music for celebration: Beethoven Chorale Fantasy for Piano, Chorus &
Verdi Grand March
Music for clean-up Brahms Symphony No. 3
Berlin Any selection
Dvorak Cello Concert
From:Accelerated Learning With Music: A /Trainer's Manual, Terry Wyler Webb with Douglas Webb
I was going to do a video of me humming all of these but I thought a list would be better.
One more tidbit---when you are ready to turn the music off, do not just turn the music off, slowly lower the volume until it is off.
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