In what ways does an integrated approach incorporating music into the curriculum strengthen the students' classroom experience?
The important thing to focus on when incorporating any additional aspect into the curriculum is to consider these questions:
- Will incorporating this lesson complement the required curriculum by giving it further depth and meaning?
- Will incorporating this lesson facilitate higher level thinking skills?
If the answer to any of the questions is 'No,' then a teacher should rethink or revisit their original idea of their lesson. Music has great potential to build and strengthen students' involvement in the curriculum. Music can often help students make meaningful connections to the curriculum and increases relevancy, if done correctly.
First and foremost, every lesson should be about the currriculum; adding music could be a wonderful activity for students, as long as it enhances the learning without distracting the students from their original purpose. Music could definitely pose as a distraction; if not integrated in a meaningful way, then the students might pay more attention to the music and neglect the actual knowledge and skills that they are supposed to be focusing on.