My Classroom Jams

My Teaching Resolution.pngHello and happy Saturday, my name is Camila and I love playing music in class. A few weeks ago I played One Direction and Jonas Brothers to my pre-k boys and they were so very excited. I know they’re little kids, and I do have some restrictions as to what kind of music I play, but by no means am I going to play nursery rhymes in class; that would only make me go more insane by the minute.

I have a Spotify playlist I update regularly called Classroom Jams. Sometimes I take my wireless speaker and play music to my boys, but most of the times, I use the YouTube app in the smart T.V in each classroom. I love contemporary songs, but let’s face it, some of the lyrics are absolutely horrible, and even if my boys don’t really understand the lyrics, I don’t want them to listen to ugly songs, so I do have strict filters as to what goes in the playlist or what is played in my classroom.

One clear condition for a song to be included in the playlist is that it shouldn’t be about drugs, sex, or have curse words because children are quick to pick up on these, even if they sometimes forget the names of the colors. There are many great songs by famous artists that don’t include this stuff, so they make it to the playlist.

Songs that were featured in children’s movies are always a safe choice, like Better When I’m Dancing by Megan Trainor, Happy by Pharrell Williams, Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, or Sing by Pentatonix.

There are some songs I love, but they have ONE curse word and that ruins them for me, so I often look for cover versions of them. About 90% or more of the songs Pentatonix covers do not include curse words, and my boys go crazy for them. Megan Nicole also does “clean” versions of famous songs, and she has a lovely voice. I have some songs from the Glee cast and from Pitch Perfect and they don’t have any curse words, so that can be a good choice for you, too, although you’ll have to go through a thorough selection process for the latter because I’m not sure all the songs are “clean”.

Koo Koo Kangaroo is absolutely fantastic. Their songs have the craziest lyrics, and my kids have a special love for Dinosaur Stomp. I love them because I’m almost 100% sure their songs are made for children, at least some of them. I mean, they’re featured in Go Noodle. Another band (I’m not sure if it’s a band, but okay) you should check out Kidz Bop Kids because they take the most famous songs of the moment and make them child-appropriate.

These bands aren’t in my classroom playlist, but I love them and I often play them for my students. I’m talking about Rend Collective and I Am They. Now these bands play adoration songs, so if you’re not into that, you may not want to check them out. These songs are upbeat and definitely child-appropriate. They’re also really easy to learn, so my students often ask me to play them.

My Spotify playlist currently has 75 songs, but I’m always looking for new ones to add. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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