Elementary Science

Music in Science

Hello everyone,

Upon my completion of becoming a teacher, I would like to know if music can be an engaging form of learning science in the classroom? Music has a huge impact in children's lives and most love singing or dancing. What do you all believe towards using music in science? Is it good or not?

Thank you!

 

Jacquelyn Trevino
Jacquelyn Trevino
240 Activity Points

It’s the best. I use music in science in many ways. There are many catchy songs in science on things like the life cycle and planets for younger kids. I play polka music while students get their materials for experiments. Those are two of the ways I use music.

Carolyn Halpern
Carolyn Halpern
180 Activity Points

Hi Jacquelyn -- Music can be used in science class in a variety of ways.  

  • In a physics lesson on sound, your students could explore how various instruments produce sounds of different frequencies and qualities.
  • There are lots of sites on songs about science, but I found that students are more than capable and creative enough to create their own songs!
  • Dance or movement is a kinesthetic way to teach concepts. Think of having students portray the chromosomes during mitosis (even high school students enjoyed that!).
  • Even playing soft music in the background can be calming or drown out extraneous noise. My students loved Mozart. 
  • --Mary B

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
8845 Activity Points

Hi Jacquelyn, Music is always an effective way to engage students.  To start a science lesson, find music from a movie soundtrack that relates to a science topic and play it for the students at the beginning of the lesson.  The students will participate in a discussion about how the music makes them feel and how the music correlates to the science lesson.  Additionally, there are songs that have words that relate to science, such as the itsy bitsy spider for the early grades.

Deborah Bronner
Deborah Bronner
650 Activity Points

Hi Jacquelyn, Music is always an effective way to engage students.  To start a science lesson, find music from a movie soundtrack that relates to a science topic and play it for the students at the beginning of the lesson.  The students will participate in a discussion about how the music makes them feel and how the music correlates to the science lesson.  Additionally, there are songs that have words that relate to science, such as the itsy bitsy spider for the early grades.

Deborah Bronner
Deborah Bronner
650 Activity Points


What a great idea! I would have never thought to incorporate music in science. Since music is somethingo our students will be so interested in I think incorporating it into science can only increase their desire to participate in science activities. Sounds very interesting to me and maybe something I could implement in my classroom (I am preservice right now!).

Lauren Wilson
Lauren Wilson
190 Activity Points

Hi Jacquelyn,

 

I believe music can be used in any subject to engage students, so I don't see science being any different. Lyrics along with a melody creates a great strategy to help remember certain topics within science. Music can also evoke a positive and fun learning environment, which would encourage students to sing or dance along. I feel like elementary students especially love music and dance. Through a quick search on Youtube, I found a plethora of elementary science songs through searching "elementary science songs." I'm sure if you wanted to find a specific topic, someone out there probably made a song!

Another way you could utilize music and dance in elementary science is through having the students create their own song or dance! This will create an opportunity for students to have a meaningful learning experience as well as form their own method of learning the science material.

Good luck!

 

- Derrick

Derrick Lietz
Derrick Lietz
428 Activity Points

I am currently substitute teaching in music and I've been looking for a way to bring some science into the classroom.  I found a website exploresound.org which is run by the Acoustical Society of America.  It has some lesson plans, videos, experiments.  It also shows a variety of science careers that are based on sound/music.  I hope this helps.

 

Barbara Daley
Barbara Daley
420 Activity Points

I enjoy using music in the science classroom.  Any chance I get, I try to find songs, raps, videos to help my students learn about the topics I am teaching.

Barry Smith
Barry Smith
1188 Activity Points

Hi! I am also in the works of becoming a teacher. After reading some of the replies I see that teachers love using music in their classrooms. This is great because I plan to do the same in my future classroom. I remember being in school and having songs to help me learn things and I can still remember them to this day. I think music is  great thing in classrooms no matter what subject the students are studying. 

Kassidy Cragg
Kassidy Cragg
205 Activity Points

Hi Jacquelyn! 

I think singing and dancing can definitely be used to engage students in science! For instance, I used to teach my students the different steps of the water cycle through a song and dance when I taught environmental science. I also adjusted the vocabulary and lyrics depending on which grade I taught. However, if you can't find the time or resources to incorporate music into your lessons, you can always try playing music while they read or do an assignment. Lastly, I think YouTube is a great place to start looking for songs and videos related to science! 

I hope this helps you! 

Good luck! 

Andy Tran
Andy Tran
440 Activity Points

Changes by David Bowie for physical and chemical changes! :)

Emily Williams
Emily Williams
1195 Activity Points

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