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Educational Songs - Art

Music is a universal language. It is effective in creating and shifting a mood. It may even be a method to teach a specific subject, an entire course or a degree. Music is particularly helpful to students who are inclined with art. One way to incorporate music in art teaching is through educational songs.

Some teachers shy away from using music in classrooms because they think that a lack of musical training will limit their effectiveness. While music as a teaching tool can benefit from formal education, music can still be used by educators who don’t have a diploma in music. There are classroom strategies that teachers can use to implement educational songs that require no training at all.

Through music, students can engage in a pathway of connections and comprehend concepts in a deeper meaning. Songs are like poems and can have words that express many senses. In effect, songs can also help in identifying colors, shapes, and types for artworks. Songs can even be interactive in a way that students sing while pointing to specific art examples or in actually doing the art.

There is a new study that explains how listening to songs can lead to divergent thinking, which is a fundamental element in becoming a good creative or artist. Science suggests that humans have the cognitive capacity to develop novel ideas or divergent thinking from a series of ideas presented. In addition, humans can also pick the most likely to succeed idea from a series, which science would call convergent thinking. Listening to positive music improves performance for divergent thinking which actually enhancing the mind to come up with new ideas.

Educators want to implement tools that appropriate and challenge students, and so, using educational songs can do just that while creating a fun environment to encourage higher-order thinking.