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

Music quote learning“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow​

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.

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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

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the post! I listened to you in SK12 when you did this presentation! It was awesome! You always shine! Smiles from Argentina, Maria 🙂

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