Using Music in Lessons:
General Tips About Using
Before you use music in your lessons, know it
well. Know how it changes, where the tempo picks up or where the
emotional tonality changes.
It's important to use music to support what
you're doing, but be careful that it doesn't overpower the experience.
Be very familiar with the audio equipment you
use. The more smoothly you can operate it, the more smoothly the
whole process will go.
Experiment as much as possible with combining
music with words. Find out what works for you. Give yourself plenty
of time to rehearse.
Types of Music
Accelerated Learning Systems, PO Box 140147, Dallas TX,
75214, has developed a set of classical and baroque tapes that
are used in that program. They're emphasis is on classical and
baroque music, but many modern pieces lend themselves well to
music for relaxation, guided imagery and concerts. Lane Wass in
her book, Imagine That!, recommends the works of Paul Winter,
especially Common Ground and Canyon from Living Music,
along with the work of George Winston. She also recommends Kitaro's
work, especially Tunhuang and India, as well as
Andreas Vollenweider's work, especially White Winds.