Multiple Intelligences
Multiple IntelligencesIntroductionAssessmentPracticeResourcesContactgrey bar
Multiple Intelligences
MI symbols

Headline: Practice: Additional Strategies

Using Music in Lessons:
Music for Relaxation

Music can help create a relaxed environment which invites the mind to open up to learning. According to Terry Wyler Webb, "Music is the key to achieving relaxation, unlocking the sub-conscious and thereby enabling positive affirmations to succeed." Because music evokes emotional responses, sometimes sub-consciously, it's an effective way to engage the right side of the brain, which has better access to long-term memory.

Rather than using music continuously throughout the lesson, it's better to use it with a specific purpose in mind. Webb recommends the following:

1)  Use music at the beginning of a tutoring session or class to set the tone and to create a transition or bridge from the outside world to a classroom setting.

2)  Use music during the lesson, especially when the learner is involved in a specific learning task. For example, use music when the learner is reading silently or working on an assignment.

You can also use music to help both the tutor and student relax. This can be an important way to create breaks and rests during the tutoring sessions. Relaxation can actually increase awareness and stimulate the mind. The following suggestions are from Webb's book, Accelerated Learning with Music: Tutor Guide. In each case, music should be played softly in the background.

Noticing Sensations--notice a feeling of comfort and relaxation spreading throughout your body. Focus on feelings of warmth, softness, calmness. Let the music create different feelings.

Relax progressively--start by relaxing your feet and work your way up through your entire body. Let the music move through your body.

Release tension--tighten up muscles in a section of your body. Hold the tension for 30 seconds. Next entirely relax that section of your body. Stay relaxed for an equal amount of time. Use the music to tighten or release muscles.

Webb suggests the following kinds of music for different learning activities. For a complete list, please refer to Accelerated Learning with Music: Tutor Guide, by Terry Wyler Webb.

Music for Practical Tasks
Music for Relaxation
Brahms, Symphony No. 3
Bruch, Scottish Fantasy
Berlin, Irving, Any selection
Vivaldi, Oboe Concerto
Dvorak, Cello Concerto
Wagner, Evening Star
Music for Exploring Ideas
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto in F
Mozart, Horn Concertos, Clarinet Concerto
Strauss, Don Juan

Next page: Creating Learning "Concerts"



Section: Practice Sidebar: Engaging the intelligencesSidebar: Teaching individual subjectsSidebar: Additional Strategies