After sending out an announcement about the blog, I received a quick response from Richard Hendy, Co-Cordinator of the Culinary Programs, in which he talked about using music in the classroom to great effect. In years past, I have always loved walking down the hallway and hearing music coming out of a classroom. Derek Rogers, now retired and loving life, taught chemistry at St. Lawrence for many years and also started every class with music, much like Richard. I’m still not sure how this is possible, but Derek managed to tie the music of choice in to a topic in chemistry. Needless to say, the students loved it, and it sounds as though the same is true for Richard’s students.
If you are interested in trying to bring a little fun in to the classroom, this article will help explain all the benefits associated with integrating music in the classroom: http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/strategies/topics/Arts%20in%20Education/brewer.htm