Things to do with music:
1. Play it loud during class change. Make students wonder what’s going on in Spanish class!
2. Play it soft while students work. Music helps create a positive learning environment!
4. Do a lyrics cloze. Here’s the cloze I made for Tengo tu love, one of my students’ favorites. Sometimes I number the verses to make it easier for students who get lost to find their place again.
5. Cut the lyrics out, and have students arrange them in order. I love this activity, but it is high prep! It is slightly less work if you can get students to do the cutting for you. You can do individual lines (maybe just the chorus?), or do blocks of lyrics, like in the picture below.
6. Match the meanings. You can do this with cut-out lyrics, like this:
Or after doing a cloze, project a the translations of a few lines, verses, or the chorus on the board, and have them write the number on their paper next to the correct part of the song. Easy-peasy.
7. Follow along with a print out of the lyrics, or watch a lyrics video. There are tons of lyric videos on youtube, or you can use a lyrics app on spotify, such as musiXmatch.
8. Play lyrics training – this would make a great station or homework choice option!
9. Knock on your desk when you hear _________. So I used to teach Zumba, and I got this wonderful song for physical descriptions on my choreography CD, “Me gustan todas“…about six months after I had taught descriptions. I still wanted to play it, so I fit it in at the end of class one day, and just had students listen for countries and knock on their desk every time they heard one (well, I said “knock”, but they heard smack as hard as you can. Anyway, they paid attention to the song, which was my goal all along! bahahaha :). Maybe you could have them knock every time they hear yo, or each time the chorus starts, or if there’s a distinct instrument?
10. Make a bracket and vote on your favorite.
What did I miss? What are your favorite ways to use music to teach language?