Music is one of the important parts of many cultures, which makes it more valuable to learn. It is really a wonderful tool for teaching languages, especially to children who love music and singing. Young learners take up vocabulary, grammar, and the rhythm of the language simply by doing what they like, they want to do…singing.
We can not deny that music can serve various functions in classroom, at home, or wherever. Music set a mood and can be a bonding experience. In this writing, I will share to you two main purposes of using music in classroom to teach young learners.
First, using music to introduce new language.
Song is an effective way to teach new language to children. Though they do not fully understand about the lyrics or rhythm, they still are excited to try to sing. If you can give to them a song with simple and short lyrics that children can dance, sing and learn very quickly.
You also can use song as part of the learning experience for any of the language themes. For instance, when teaching about pets, sing “I See a Cat” and “I See a Duck.” To practice counting, try this song “Counting Numbers 1-10”. If you learn about weather, sing “How’s the weather today?”
Whatever the theme, songs can help teacher teach vocabulary by many different activities or games. When you are singing and dancing, make sure you interact with the language in many ways. You are practicing listening song to comprehend or you are vocalizing and in any way that is funny and do not make children feel threaten.
Second, using music to review language.
Singing songs is a wonderful way to review language quickly and easily for young learners in class. Greatest thing of using music to learn is that people just don’t forget songs. If you hear a few words from a song you heard in long time, I sure you still can sing the next line with no problems. In each lesson, try to review language that children have learned previously by songs.
As you know, music is a powerful learning tool. If you have never used for teaching music, try on it now to make your classroom friendly and happy atmosphere and learning environment.