My Slice of Life stories are centering around my reflections and memories of my 43 years of teaching. Since I am retiring this spring, this is a perfect way to collect my stories.
A big part of Douglasville, what I called my second grade classroom, was music. I wanted my students to have a taste of classical music, so I used it in many different ways. My favorite was Mozart. Whenever it was time to study for a test, or right before we took a test, I would play a piece by Mozart. A couple that I used were: 2nd Movement Of The 21st Piano Concerto or Romance (2nd Movement From eine Kleine Nachtmusik). I'm not sure if it really made the class smarter, but it did help the mood of the room!
One composer that all my students knew was Vavaldi. If it was raining out or just a real cloudy day that looked like it could turn into rain, I would put on one of his concertos. On a rainy morning I would say, "Oh, my, look at that rain. It looks like a Vavaldi day." I have a feeling that even now those students might think of that music when they see rainclouds!
Beethoven and Debussy were also a way to get students into the writing mood. I could put on that CD and the sensuous, tender, beautiful music would take us out of our world into whatever we were daydreaming about. Words would go onto paper much easier with music in the background.
Music in Douglasville was for a purpose, but also for just realizing that music is a part of life.