Looking back over the blog posts for the last few years,
I’ve written about using music in our schools multiple times.
I believe that music is instrumental in creating a
successful school environment. Music helps create a positive atmosphere, aid in
retention and improve memory. It can boost intelligence, help release learner
tension and quite simply, it can add an element of fun to your classroom.
Last week I asked the Milady Instructor Facebook group for
ideas on updating my classroom playlist. I got some great suggestions and
wanted to share with you all.
Kym Smith suggested “That’s The Way (I Like It)”
by KC & The Sunshine Band.
Constance Snyder said that “Uptown Funk” by Mark
Ronson featuring Bruno Mars is a must-have!
Melea Osburn, a former Milady N.F. Cimaglia Educator
of the Year, said she plays “Rise” by Superfruit. She plays it at the beginning
of class to set the tone for the day.
Caitlin Stublaski says that anything by Vitamin
String Quartet is great to play when students are studying.
Michael Macdonald says “Legends Never Die” helps
his students see that going through difficult times will only make them
Keryl Reid-Rabideau suggested “We are the
Champions.” I must agree, no playlist would be complete without Queen.
Ian Campos wanted to make sure that I include “Hair
Up” from the soundtrack “Trolls” by Justin Timberlake. Certainly a great song
to play when students are practicing updos!
Ann Hunter said we can’t leave off Katy Perry’s “Roar.”
Curley Miller recommended “Perm” by Bruno Mars!
Now, I don’t know what rock I’ve been under, but I have missed this song. I’m
so glad she shared. It is a must-add for me. Hot comb hot!
Lauren Sciarratta shared a great idea. She
creates playlists for different tasks. For example, when practicing the French twist,
she will play “Twist and Shout,” “The Twist” and “Twisting the Night Away.”
When working with color, she has songs with a color in the title, such as “Purple
Rain,” “Orange Crush” and “Yellow Submarine.” What a fun idea!
Ida McLean shared copies of her playlists. I’m
sharing some of the ones that stood out to me. “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”
by KT Tunstal, “Bust a Move” by Young MC, “Glamorous” by Fergie featuring
Ludacris and “Love Shack” by The B-52’s.
One suggestion is to always go with the clean versions of
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.