Using Music in Lessons:
When combined with a narrative designed to reinforce
learning, music is an effective way to help people use their imaginations
to journey to places they've been to in the past, to imaginary
places, or to places they ordinarily couldn't travel to. What
allows for this kind of traveling is Guided Imagery, an activity
that can have a profound impact on learning. Guided Imagery provides
a way to reinforce comprehension as well as build visual capability.
Suppose you're studying science. You could ask your student to
imagine that someone has let go of a balloon. You could describe
some of the principles of velocity, height, motion, and perspective
by asking them to become the balloon and journey with it. One
of the reasons Guided Imagery a powerful learning tool is that
it supports the Spatial Intelligence. Because it helps people
learn to visualize, it builds visual skills which are extremely
useful in learning. Music greatly enhances the effects of Guided
Keep in mind these general principles when
creating a Guided Imagery.
Play music softly in the background during the
narrative. Choose music which supports the imagery you're suggesting.
Make the experience as multisensory as possible.
Ask your learner to see the texture of the tree bark, smell the
pine leaves after a fall storm, feel the mud oozing between her
Ask your learner to take you on a Guided Imagery
Take different kinds of journeys. Talk your
learners through many experiences. Ask them to become...
a raindrop in a fierce storm.
a character in a story you've just read.
oxygen flowing through a blood vessel.
a popcorn kernel about to pop.
Choose a reading passage you've just completed.
Use that as the basis for a Guided Imagery.
Take time after the Guided Imagery to talk about
the experience. If possible, use it as a beginning for further
The following music is recommended for Guided
The Golden Voyages music series
by Bearns and Dexter, Awakening Productions, Culver City, California.
The Environment Series. Atlantic Records, New York, New
Spectrum Suite and other works by Steven Halpern. Halpern
Sounds, San Rafael, California.
Haydyn: The Creation; The Seasons; Masses.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21.
Pachelbel, Canon in D.
Remember to invite your learner to suggest
Music for Relaxation