Music can make things so much better, even if your day, week, month, or year has been a tough one. A recent Reddit thread compiled the perfect list of songs. There's no use in sugar-coating it: Waking up is hard to do. But to make it a little easier on this Monday morning, we've got this playlist from Spotify. Trust us, we know that air travel can be a pretty daunting undertaking. It can be easy to psych yourself out and inundate your mind with unnecessary stress.
1. Focus on rhythm first
Some of the greatest written works of our time have been inspired by music. These writers understood what many educational researchers know — that music opens up pathways to creative thinking, sharpens our ability to listen and helps us weave together disparate ideas. In this teaching resource, we suggest nine exercises to use music to inspire student writing — from creating annotated playlists and critical reviews to music-inspired poetry and personal narratives. Each idea pulls from Times reporting, Opinion pieces and multimedia on music to give students a place to start. The activities are categorized according to three genres: creative and narrative writing; informative and explanatory writing; and persuasive and argumentative writing. How do you use music in your classroom? Let us know in the comments. Exercise 1: Write a story or poem inspired by music. One way you might let your students be inspired by music is to have them describe in words what they hear, a method Jean-Michel Basquiat employed in his poetry and paintings.
The Internet has mutated the way we hear about new artists and songs. There are reviews, a plethora of apps, and algorithms upon algorithms—meaning that discovering your favorite new bop is as overwhelming as ever. So we asked the people who know best about their strategies: people who write about music for a living, music execs, and of course, high schoolers. Discovering music does not frustrate me or cause me to have takes. I don't listen to Pandora, which might make that happen. I like it when SoundCloud drops into autoplay mode and delivers a sequence of songs tagged as related.
Why should it be any different for you? Not all of these will work for everyone, which is why there are 15 of them. Take your pick. A good melody relies on a good rhythm, as does a good song. Starting with rhythm is generally a lot easier than composing the actual contour of the melody how it progresses on a vertical scale. This is especially true when it comes to inspiration. I like to browse through photos of nature, beaches, city landscapes, and so on. Why not do the same? Download some wallpapers and try to come up with ideas based on them.