Music Videos in the Classroom

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Introduction

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” 
                                                                                                                                       – Plato

Welcome to my course on the use of Music Videos to help with classroom learning. This course is intended to help educators use music video technology to enhance student learning outcomes. After completing a pre-assessment to determine the need for this course, you will learn how music videos help students learn, how to find appropriate videos for your subject area and grade level, and (if you choose to complete the entire course) how to create your own music video when there is not one already available. Education is an always changing field and it is necessary for us, as educators, to change in order to better help our students.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

1. Use music videos in the classroom to aide in student understanding

2. Research and find music videos appropriate for use in their own classroom

3. Create their own music video(s) for regular use in and out of the classroom

Unit Lessons

Do I Need Music Videos?

Objectives In this pre-assessment, students will determine whether the content of this course will be beneficial to their classroom setting.

Students will discover whether this course should be used to increase their students' understanding of content.

How Can Music Videos Benefit Your Classroom?

Objectives

In this lesson, students will discover the basics of why a music video is beneficial to student learning.

Students will be able to determine how music videos can be utilized in the classroom setting.

Finding the Appropriate Video

Objectives

In this lesson, students will be able to determine whether a specific music video is appropriate for their own classroom needs.

Students will be able to determine whether a specific music video is appropriate for their current student population.

Creating Your Own Video

Objectives

In this lesson, students will be able to create their own music video for classroom use.

Did Music Videos Help Your Classroom?

Objectives

In this post-assessment, students will determine whether the content of this mini-course was beneficial in increasing student understanding in their classroom.

References

A majority of this course stems from my own personal experiences in a number of classrooms over the last few years. Below, find reference to all music videos included in this mini-lesson.

Hayes, S. [Mr. Scooter]. (2009, Mar 10). The Dewey Decimal Rap [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHiUQb5xg7A&t=4s

LeClair, C. (2014, Sept 15). 5 big oceans [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxBtnJNhNGU

LeClair, C. (2015, Jan 12). RAPS music video [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sG5TpDp6Us&t=3s

msberginsclass. (2011, Dec 4). Longitude and latitude song [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjDqhLUzCpE

Nicky, M. [Mr. Nicky's World History Songs]. (2016, Sep 2). Ancient Mesopotamia song by Mr. Nicky [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdblRch6m3g