Music in Spanish Class, Teaching Reflections

Music in the Classroom: What I’ve learned this year

1. Variety is the spice of life: music doesn’t have to be a lyrics cloze, nor does it have to illustrate this week’s grammar focus.  There are lots of reasons to listen to Spanish music in class and lots of different activities to do. Also? Just listening to a song without an activity is okay too.

2. Songs my students loved this year: Vivir mi vida/Marc Anthony, Te mueves tú/David Bisbal, Ha Ash &Reik, Lo mejor de mi vida eres tú/Ricky Martin, El amor/Tito el Bambino, La lista/Aldrey, Tengo tu love/Sie7e.  I would never have picked out “El amor,” but my department head handed me a ready-made cloze for Valentine’s Day, I used it out of pure laziness, and now half my students are all, “Why isn’t this one in the bracket???”

3.  Everyone does not love every song – and that’s okay.

4. “Do the duck” – Oh, I worked really hard to find a song for you today and put an awesome activity together to go with it, and 30 students are whining at me how much they hate it? Do the duck and let it roll off my back – there is at least one student who likes it, but isn’t going to speak up and voice their opinion against so much negativity. Also, you never know about the next class!

5. “Can we listen to….” and “I went home and listened to that song from yesterday” and “Hey, I heard this song at the Mexican restaurant!” are the best. phrases. EVER!!!!!