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Teaching to ‘Tunes
Ginger Hewitt, LNLC
Carol Spain, MVES
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Today’s Topics
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Basics of iTunes
Precautions
Applying iTunes across the curriculum
Frustrations of iTunes
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Basics of iTunes
• Free download
– www.apple.com/itunes
– Works for PCs or Macs
– Organizes digital music and video files
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Basics of iTunes
• Importing music
– Compiles all your CDs into one place
– Time-consuming but worth it
– Be prepared with plenty of storage
• 4,000 songs equals about 10G
• Exporting music
– Same iTunes library for home and for work
• My documents My music iTunes library
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Basics of iTunes
• Sorting music
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Artist
Title
Album
Song length
Genre
Rating
Play count
Shuffle
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Basics of iTunes
• Creating playlists
– By subject, personal favorites, etc.
• Playing music
– Computer
• iTunes (with computer speakers)
– Ipod
• Headphones or earbuds or car transmitter
– Sounddock/speakers
• Remote control helpful
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Be Aware…
Lyrics in songs
– Proofread lyrics/listen carefully before utilizing
in instruction
• One example is www.elyrics.net
• Make sure the lyrics match the version you’re using
– Kidfriendly versions
• Radio Disney
• Kidbopz
• Now collections
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Be Aware…
• Copyright and Fair Use Policies
• Music must be purchased by you
– Playing CD [for story time] is okay
• Copying music
– Can copy and use up to 10% in multimedia
presentation (fair use)
– Must have written permission for publications
or public presentations
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iTunes Across the Curriculum
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Literacy
Social Studies
Science
Math
Everyday Life
Physical Education
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iTunes with Literacy
• Younger Grades
– Going on a Bear Hunt
• Prepositional phrases
– There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
• Reading predictability/repetition
– The Swing (1881) by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Turning poetry into song (1887 by Koven)
• Song with video (Cedarmont Kids, 1997)
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iTunes with Literacy
• Older Grades
– Comparing/Contrasting versions and remakes
• Bon Jovi’s fast vs. slow versions of Livin’ on a Prayer/Prayer ‘94
– Satire
• Weird Al Yankevick
• Bob Rivers
– Developing poetry into musical
• Cats (1981 musical) from TS Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book
of Practical Cats (1939)
– Developing music into movie/musical
• Abba’s music into Mamma Mia
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iTunes with Social Studies
• Younger Grades
– American History
• Patriotic songs
– Multiculturalism
• Wiggles
– Geography
• Mnemonic devices, i.e. States/Capitols
– Careers with songs written about them
• On the Road Again about traveling
• The Barnyard Song about farming
• Play My Music about performing musicians
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iTunes with Social Studies
• Older Grades
– Historical Periods
• Swing era 1930s
– Big Band music
• Civil War
– When Johnny Comes Marching Home
– Current events
• Demonstrations of local performances
– Create cultural atmosphere
• Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
• Polka music for Oktoberfest
– Research biographies of musical artists
• Demo their music
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iTunes with Science
• Younger Grades
– Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
• Read book and sing song
– Old MacDonald Had a Farm
• Discuss animals and appropriate sounds
– Dr. Jean
• http://www.drjean.org/drJeanCD/index.html
• Her songs are listed by subject area (6 pages!)
• All subjects, including science, reading, social studies,
school, procedures, math, etc.
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iTunes with Dr. Jean
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iTunes with Dr. Jean
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iTunes with Science
• Older Grades
– One never knows what devices others have come up
with for teaching assorted concepts
• http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/IEC/elementsong.html
– Cool websites
• http://www.songsforteaching.com/sciencesongs.htm
– Science songs for teaching Astronomy, Biology, Botany,
Dinosaurs, Physical Science and Earth Science
• http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml
– Assorted science songs for secondary curriculum
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iTunes with Podcasting
• A podcast is a series of media files, usually digital, audio,
or video, that is made available for download via web
syndication. (from www.wikipedia.org)
• Examples of podcasts for science
• http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/listen.html
– Students’ website with assorted podcasts
• http://www.abc3340.com/
– Great for weather updates
• Naming
– Originally, “Podcast” = iPod + broadcast
– Changed to Personal, On-Demand broadcast
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iTunes with Podcasting
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iTunes with Music
• Genre awareness
– Jazz
– Oldies
– Patriotic
• Music appreciation
– Tempo
• Fast and slow songs
– Patterns
• Classic songs
• Crescendo/decrescendo
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iTunes with Math
• Basic concepts
– Schoolhouse Rock
• Multiplication Rock by Schoolhouse Rock
– Skip counting
• Can Cockatoos Count by Twos? by Hap Palmer
– Subtraction
• Zack the Zebra by Happy Hatters
• Ten in the Bed by Cedarmont Kids
– Forming numbers
• The Numeral Song by Dr. Jean
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iTunes for Everyday
• Workout playlists
– Personally motivating music
– Fast, fast, slow, fast, fast, slow
– Create playlist for housework and make it fun
• Audiobooks
– Great for walking
• www.amazon.com
• www.audible.com
• Or, can just use books on CD with walkman
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iTunes for Everyday
• Classical music for studying/naptimes
– The Mozart Effect book by Tom Campbell
• iPod Touch Applications
– Pedometer
– Games
– Calorie Counter
– Calendar
– Address book
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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Stations/Centers
– Can set intervals for station/center rotations
– Activities
• Stepping Stone
• Ladders
• Balance Beam
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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Movement/ Body Awareness
– Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
– Kickboxing with Rocky music
– Move the way the music makes you feel• Various Songs
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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Dance Unit (patterns)
– Popular dances
• Cha Cha Slide (following directions)
– Creative challenges
– Cha-Cha Slide while hula-hooping
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Cupid Shuffle
Macarena
Hokie Pokie
Bunny hop
Chicken dance
Line Dances
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iTunes for Physical Ed
• Rhythm Unit
– Lummi Sticks
– Tinikling
– Attention-getting strategies
• We are the Champions by Queen
– Stomp stomp clap, {repeat}, {repeat}
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iTunes for Physical Ed
Large group games
– Mission Impossible game with Mission
Impossible theme music
– Indiana Jones game with Indiana Jones
theme music
– Shark games (with Jaws music)
• with parachute
• Scooter board game
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iTunes for Physical Ed
Mixing your music
• Plenty of music mixing software available
– Many are free
– Most use MP3 format
• Mix songs together
• Change tempos
• Add rotating cue
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Frustrations of iPods
• Expensive
• Locking up
– Reformat
• Accidently deleting music takes time to fix
– Must consistently check checkmarks for selections
• Can take a while to locate individual titles
– When lots of songs are in database
– Playlists help
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Frustrations of iTunes
• MPEG-4 format
– iTunes exclusive
• Can be converted back to MP3
– Takes time
– Must buy some conversion programs
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Frustrations of iTunes
• iTunes Store
– Password required for playing
– Not an issue with music purchased from
www.amazon.com or www.walmart.com
• Also usually cheaper ($.89 song)
• Back-up music frequently
– Especially if purchased from another online
source
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Selected Bibliography
• Cedarmont Kids
– Early Childhood songs across the curriculum
• Dr. Jean
– Songs across the curriculum
• Kidbopz and Radio Disney
– Cleaner versions of popular music
• Schoolhouse Rock
– Songs across the curriculum
• Teacher and the Rockbots
– Science/Social Studies
• Tony Chestnut
– Physical Education
• Wiggles
– Multicultural
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Teaching to ‘Tunes