4 Easy Ways to Make Music a Part of Your Classroom

So many teachers want to integrate music into their teaching. But they just don’t know how. Or they think it will be too difficult and time consuming. It can be really simple. These are four ways that I’ve used to make music a part of my classroom.

1. Teaching Songs- 
There are all sorts of songs that you can use to teach. Some teaching songs are based on simple tunes that students already know, like “The Wheels on the Bus” or “Three Blind Mice”. Mailbox Magazine is a great place to look for these. The other kind are original songs, written by people like Dr. Jean. You can use them to teach anything from the alphabet to synonyms and antonyms to forms of matter. It is extremely easy to find these tunes. And you can write your own songs, too.

2. Get Up And Dance!- 
When you have a few minutes, put on an upbeat song. Have your students get out their wiggles by dancing. If you want, you can even teach them line dances or other choreographed dances. This is a great way for your kids to get out some energy and have a good time. Plus, even teachers can join in the fun!

3. Transition Tunes- 
A quick and simple song can let your students know when it’s time to transition to a new subject. Whether you need your students to clean up or move to a new location, a recognizable tune can do the trick. It can have words about circle time or cleaning up. Dr. Jean has some great songs for transitions. But you could also use a short, simple tune as a signal. What an easy way to tell your students it’s time for a change!

4. Mood Music- 
When your students are working, reading independently or in centers, play some music. It’s that simple. Classical music is great for this purpose, but any type will work. It can help your students relax and keep them on task. Background music is an easy way to get a little music in your room.

Now, go try it!

Massage Chairs For Relaxing While Watching TV

Modern life brought us a lot of stress and lack of time looks like the main problem for many. Massage chairs for relaxing are designed especially for these busy people that simply don’t have time to go to a massage saloon. If you only have one hour before going to bed, the best way is to watch TV while enjoying a healthy massage, having benefits both on the mind and the body.

The best part of this massage is that it helps you relax and eliminate stress, which will be felt by the whole organism. You are entitled to such a spoil especially after a long day of work, watching your favorite series and enjoying a good wine. The main goal of such chair is to help your body relax, but there also other benefits you never thought about.

The squeezing massage, with or without vibrations, with or without heating, with intense pressure are some of the many other features allowing the user to create his or her own advanced massage program. Here are some of the benefits offered by massage chairs while watching TV, benefits proven by numerous researches by psychotherapy institutes and universities around the world.

  1. Improved blood circulation

Maybe you would not expect such benefits from these chairs, but they will improve your circulation, allowing the blood to flow easier through the body. Blood carries all the nutrients and useful substances to all the organs, so it is important for the circulation to be good. The massage chairs will improve the reproduction rate of red cells in the blood, reducing hypertension and the chances of a heart attack. Moreover, the lymphatic circulation is also improved, helping the faster elimination of the toxins from the organism.


  • Reduces stress and anxiety

The disease of the century is considered by many to be stress and anxiety. It is time to eliminate these problems form your life, and today it is possible even while watching TV. It is probably the most important reason for while people by these chairs. While you let your professional chair to do its magic work as a massage specialist, the endorphin levels in the body will raise, literally acting like a relaxing sedative.

  • Corrects the posture of the body

The majority of employees working at a desk for more than eight hours a day has back problems and cannot adopt the right posture while working. No matter how careful we would be about how we sit at the desk, we will get tired after a couple of hours and forget about it. A good massage armchair will correct the pressure out on certain muscles that were overworked during the day. Through the revolutionary massage techniques these chars are capable of, your back will feel as new after a few minutes of using the chair.

The improvements implemented during the last years by this industry are based on studies and advices from medics, allowing benefiting of a therapist at home, whenever you need it, even while watching TV.

How to Get Free Music from YouTube

First to do this you will need to download a program called Mactubes. You can do this by searching it in Google and then going to the page and downloading it.

After you have this software:

1. Open Mactubes

2. Type the exact name of the video you want in the search bar.

3. Double click on the video you want and it should come into a new window.

4. In the bottom right there should be a gear icon.

5. Click it and select download, and download the video as a MP4 file. Once its done the file should show up on your desktop.

7. Now open iMovie and click on the file tab at the top.

8. Click import and import the movie you downloaded. (if you can’t find it click the side bar icon with the desk top and it should be under that menu).

9. When it’s in iMovie drag it from the media section into the section that is for your project.

10. Go to the advanced and click on separate audio.

11. Delete the video and you will have the audio you want.

12. To get into iTunes drag the audio into your iTunes library or hit the share tab and choose iTunes.

If when you delete the video the audio disappears, press command Z, select the video, and move it to the right slightly and delete again.

How to Play Musical Pillows

Musical chairs can be a popular game at parties or fairs. However, you can definitely change small things to make the game different.

Instead of musical chairs, why not play musical pillows?

There are different ways of playing musical pillows.

You can get pillows that are for sitting. If you have a big enough bed that is not against a wall, lay one less pillow than the participants in the game on the bed. Play just like you would musical chairs – walk as music or sound plays and people must sit as the music or sounds stop, but make sure people must sit on the pillows. If a person is not completely on a pillow, then another person can still sit on it if the majority of the pillow is showing. Once a person is out, they can’t play. Remove a pillow and continue until there is only one winner.

However, there’s a much different way of playing musical pillows that gives just a little bit more of a challenge.

Instead of requiring people to sit, require people to pick up a pillow. This is a game that can be played inside or outside. f you don’t want it to be too challenging, put them on top of a table. People will not have to bend too far to grab a pillow.

If you want to make it even more challenging, put a blanket on the ground and put the pillows on the blanket.

To set up, one less pillow than the amount of people playing on the table or the blanket. Play music or sounds and have the people walk around the table or the blanket. When the music stops, each person must try to grab a pillow.

The person that does not grab a pillow is now out of the game and they cannot play anymore. Instead, they can watch or go on to other activities if they are available. Remove a pillow and play another round.

Continue the playing music, having people walk, stopping the music, having people grab the pillows, eliminating a person, and then removing a pillow until only one person is left.