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					Music in the classroom

Ange Gervan, Chiba City
Attended 8 JH schools plus occasional elementary visits during JET time.

Presentation objectives…
• Inspiration: Where to source music • Ideas: What music to use • Initiatives: Activities and lessons with music

What music to use
• Popular music in Japan - Exile, Bump of Chicken, DEF TECH , Orange Range, Ketsumeishi, SMAP are popular with JH students • English music – Popular and old stuff (well-known lyrics) • World music – Culture ed!

Why use Japanese music
• Show students your interest in their pop culture • Give low level students confidence • Fun conversation topic

Why use English music
• Share your culture • Share your interest • Add atmosphere • Conversation topic for outside class with students and teachers

Inspiration – where to source music
INTERNET • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Music popular in Japan: http://www.interfm.co.jp/ Tokyo radio station http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokiohot100/ Japan charts Music popular abroad: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=73:244 (music from around the world) http://top40-charts.com/charts.php (music charts from around the world) http://www.windowsmedia.com/mediaguide/radio/?locale=809& (world radio stations) http://www.historychannel.com/broadband/home/ (music, and other history downloads) http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/worldmusic/view/page.basic/home/ (background on music from around the world – listen and watch videos - useful to use in a computer lab class) http://www.library.appstate.edu/music/world/index.html (as above, plus useful world map to print) Lesson plans: http://www.lessonplanet.com/search/Art_and_Music/Music (may have to pay!) Search Google: eg. New Zealand music - www.muzic.net.nz, Amplifier.co.nz, Bands.co.nz, Nzmusic.org.nz Lyrics: http://www.lyrics.com Understand song message: http://www.songmeanings.net Downloading: Limewire, Emule (but be ethical about burning CDs etc) Sheet music: http://www.8notes.com (may have to pay!)

Inspiration – where to source music
• Ask JETs/music teachers/students to show their favorite CDs • Textbook provide CDs (usually older music) • Ask you’re surrounding international ALTs to recommend their top 5 songs

Inspiration – where to source music
• Email a request to your home countries music industry…ask them to send your school free music promo stuff…

Use…
Japanese music and English music in and outside class

How…

How to use Japanese music
• Warm up games: line game with Japanese music using English grammar point • Translation: translate titles of Japanese songs to English • Identify English words in Japanese songs

How to use International music in English class…
• Choose appropriate song lyrics, tone, pace • Know the songs background or message

What to prepare…
• • • • • Make resource CD 12 songs for the year – practice one a month Ideas: When a new Disney movie is released, get hold of the song. Prepare a Christmas song in December Need lyrics Ask JTE to translate lyrics

How to use a song
Eg. “Wake me up, when September ends” - Green Day Or “The tide is high” – Atomic Kitten • Listening exercise: fill in missing words or grammar point • Singing: warm up at the start of class • Compare songs

How to use a song
Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last wake me up when september ends like my fathers come to pass seven years has gone so fast wake me up when september ends here comes the rain again falling from the stars drenched in my pain again becoming who we are as my memory rests but never forgets what I lost wake me up when september ends summer has come and passed the innocent can never last wake me up when september ends ring out the bells again like we did when spring began wake me up when september ends

here comes the rain again falling from the stars drenched in my pain again becoming who we are as my memory rests but never forgets what I lost wake me up when september ends Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last wake me up when september ends like my father's come to pass twenty years has gone so fast wake me up when september ends wake me up when september ends wake me up when september ends (Choose song with many repeated words)

Compare songs
• Song 1 Title: Artist: Genre: 5 Adjectives: • Song 2 Title: Artist: Genre: 5 Adjectives:

I like __________best because the song is ___________ than _____________.

Compare accents:
Wonderwall - Oasis

Today is gonna be the day That they're gonna throw it back to you By now you should've somehow Realized what you gotta do I don't believe that anybody Feels the way I do about you now Backbeat the word was on the street That the fire in your heart is out I'm sure you've heard it all before But you never really had a doubt I don't believe that anybody feels The way I do about you now And all the roads we have to walk along are winding And all the lights that lead us there are blinding There are many things that I would Like to say to you I don't know how Because maybe You're gonna be the one who saves me? And after all You're my wonderwall Today was gonna be the day But they'll never throw it back to you By now you should've somehow Realized what you're not to do I don't believe that anybody Feels the way I do About you now

And all the roads that lead to you were winding And all the lights that light the way are blinding There are many things that I would like to say to you I don't know how I said maybe You're gonna be the one who saves me? And after all You're my wonderwall I said maybe You're gonna be the one who saves me? And after an You're my wonderwall Said maybe You're gonna be the one that saves me You're gonna be the one that saves me You're gonna be the one that saves me Play track 11

Atmosphere for activities
• “Throw to the tune” • Line game music quiz using grammar • Use music for atmosphere (Jeopardy, Shiritori, greetings)

Map the music

Track 1. 2. 3 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Where 1. New Zealand 2. Japan 3. USA 4. Turkey 5. Spain 6. Denmark 7. Greece 8. USA 9. Ireland 10. Jamaica 11. Brazil

Instrument

Capital

Music to support lesson objectives
• Grammar: “I can see clearly now” – Jimmy Cliff (students know this song from the drama “enginsu”) • Lesson topic: Environment lesson use “ The 3 Rs” - Jack Johnson • Culture lesson: Music played at your countries national sports games

Music to support grammar
• I can…… • “I can see clearly now the rain is gone” play track 2

Music to support lesson topic
Three thats the magic number yes it is, its a magic number Two times three is six and three times six is eighteen and the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R There's three Rs we're going to be talking about today You gotta learn to Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle If you're going to the market to buy some juice bring your own bags and you'll learn to reduce your waste Gotta reduce your waste And if your brother or your sisters got some cool clothes try them on before you buy some of those reuse you gotta learn to reuse And if the first two Rs dont work out and you gotta make some trash, dont throw it out Recycle You gotta learn to recycle You gotta learn to Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle Reduce Reuse Recycle cause three, thats the magic number yes it is, its a magic number Play track 3 disk 2

Music to support culture
• What do you play at sports games? • Songs about cities Eg. San Francisco “Sitting on the dock of the bay”

How to use International music outside English class
• • • Broadcasting room: DJ at lunch time, over speaker during cleaning time, before/after school Club activities: Music club BYO favorite CD Teachers’ room: Set up a CD player, even if it’s just at your desk and you are testing CDs in prep for a class, teachers will walk past and ask what you are doing. Music class: Give the music teacher sheet music – international language! PE class: When students do PE inside during winter they usually have to lap the gym a few times – give the PE teacher a CD to play. In the corridor: Create a music interest board – posters, pop stars

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Try these games
• “Throw the tune” • Line game music quiz using grammar • Map the music • Play music for atmosphere (Jeopardy, Shiritori, greetings)

Music in the classroom will…
• Interest • Internationalize • Inspire • Motivate • Entertain = Happy students = Happy ALT


				
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