Have you ever heard of Songza? Well, if not, it is basically a *free* music streaming service where the music is curated by music lovers and experts from around Canada and the United States. No matter your mood or what you are working on, the Songza Concierge can find a music list perfect for you and your students!
This year, I am lucky to have a group of students who LOVE listening to a variety of music. We use it when we are working on our handwriting, when we need a bit of an energy break, for group transitions, and even when we are looking for inspiration for our writing activities. I have compiled a list of my favourite Songza playlists and the activities that we do when listening to the service. All you have to do to get access to these lists is to become a Songza subscriber for free and type in the name of the song list into the search bar.
Songza Playlist #1.
Acoustic Versions of Songs
These simplified versions of today’s most popular songs are recreated by lesser known artists. The songs in this list are mellow which is perfect for my students when they are working on their writing. I also like this playlist because I teach second language learners, and I love listening to their soft voices singing (and practicing!!!) in English!
Here is an example of a song you will find on this list.
Songza Playlist #2
Oscar Winning Songs
Music is a wonderful tool in the classroom because it can transport students back in time, take them to places far, far, away, and inspire us to become better people. So what better way to get our creative juices flowing then by listening to music that incorporates movie excellence! This eclectic list of music introduces students to Oscar award winning songs from movies as far back as the 1930’s. Students will hear original songs from classic movies like The Wizard of Oz to newer releases like Titanic and Frozen. These iconic soundtracks should be a must on everyone’s iPod playlist!
Songza Playlist #3
This playlist is the perfect one to go to on those hot June days! You and your students will feel like you have been transported to a tropical oasis while listening and working to these trance tunes. This is your perfect Friday afternoon playlist during your last month (or two!!) of the school year!
Songza Playlist #4
Classical for Studying
It has been proven that listening to classical music can have several beneficial effects on children and their learning. This calming playlist will introduce your students to a variety of classical composers as well as a variety of instruments to awaken their senses. This is the perfect playlist for centre work and study time.
Songza Playlist #5
Superheroes and Dinosaurs
This playlist is THE BEST for transitions! Students recognize the tunes from their favourite animated movie/ cartoon and they love to sing along! Why not make transitions more fun with music?
And here is one extra just because I LOVE IT! This playlist keeps me dancing in my chair whenever I have a mountain of correcting to do!
Yes, I will admit that I belt these ones out when I am working during Pedagogical Days or even after school. Nothing makes the time go by faster than a little retro tunes to keep you energized!
So there you have it… some of my favourite Songza playlists. I would love to hear what your favourites are! Please leave your playlist ideas is in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for new tunes and music to share with my class!
Have a great day!