Teach with Music and Songs: 35+ Resources and Web Tools

Music appeals to students of all ages and is a great way to engage learners.
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“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow​

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Music appeals to students of all ages and is a great way to engage learners. Try introducing a topic or novel with a song that captures the mood or provides insights. Try having your young learners remember vocabulary through hand gestures, while singing songs (Total Physical Response). Get students to memorize important facts by singing songs about a certain moment in history. Your students can also learn about various cultures and traditions by exploring music from different countries and decades. Language learners enhance their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills by exploring and reciting songs. Below are lesson ideas, resources, web tools and apps to get you started with integrating music into your curriculum. Feel free to download the slides of my webinar, Music to My Ears: Learning with Songs. Keep scrolling to access the bookmarks.

Teaching with Music and Songs from Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Lesson Plans

Find lesson plans based on songs at these sites:

Songs and Lyrics that Teach

  • FluencyMC (Jason Levine) has several Hip Hop and rap videos, in which, students learn English. Check out Jase’s free song lyric book.
  • BusSongs has many different videos and songs for children.
  • Soundcloud.com/freshprep is a channel of Hip Hop songs that teach English, History, and more!
  • Soundcities is full of sounds recorded around the world that students can remix. They can also contribute their own sounds to the database.

Song Quizzes

Learn from Song Lyrics

Create a music video

More resources

Challenge: Try one of these ideas to get students learning with music and songs! 


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Music Tools & Apps, by shellyterrell

cross posted at teacherrebootcamp.com

Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at teacherrebootcamp.com.



Teaching ESL through Music

Tip: Why use music in the ESL classroom? Music motivates students of all ages. As Teaching Language With Music explains, music Helps the flow of lessons Aids in timing, patterns, and emphasis Fills gaps in lessons and expands weak presentations Is highly motivating and relieves the "Friday