Wednesday, November 15, 2017

John Jesensky Has Got Me Really Thinking!

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John Jesensky is a huge lover of music. I share that passion, and am interested these days in learning more about it than just how it makes me feel (or dance). There are so many areas of life where music has been credited with enhancing a situation or mood. I've seen it happen time and again in the public school system. If you put on music for kids, they love it and so many of them perform or pay attention better.



I have seen a child who is academically challenged, introverted, and nervous become engaged, animated and happy when music was introduced into the classroom. I have also seen behaviorally-challenged students straighten up and fly right, so to speak, when the option to use their phones for music was on the line. Of course that isn't true for everyone, but the majority of tweens/teens do seem to respond well to music, and it intrigues me.

According to John Ross Jesensky's website, music releases chemicals in the brain. Though the sensations those cause will vary from person to person as does their reaction to them, that is definitely worth knowing and exploring more, to see how powerful music really can be in the classroom. I'd love to see someone take such experimenting even further and see how children who have a pattern for misbehavior might change their interest and/or engagement within the classroom setting if music was playing. I'd also be curious to see if they retained more, or scored better on their classwork, quizzes and testing when music was allowed. Finally, I would love to see if students had a better overall satisfaction level with their school work, if music was permitted in the classrooms.

Of course there is a converse side, where students who are performing well might be distracted by music. Perhaps testing students individually or in small groups would be a viable way to assess such information. If there is any chance at all that such a simple change in the classroom could increase productivity, enjoyment, and even test scores for children who love music, it would be worth it, for so many reasons, to give it a try!

It is my educated guess, that if you asked students their opinions, the majority of them would vote for music in the schools, even if it was monitored and carefully selected (as of course, it would have to be). Wouldn't it be amazing if something we could access so easily, and inexpensively could cause a world of positive change within the school system? I think for most of us, that answer to that would be a resounding, 'yes!'

27 comments:

  1. I have been known to listen to certain types of music based on my mood. It's punk rock when I'm sad, hip hop when I'm feeling nostalgic and country for my baseline <3

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  2. Music leaves me cold pretty much. I don't need it and would prefer silence. I am well aware I am in the minority though.
    I can remember talking to a woman whose husband had dementia. He no longer recognised her, or spoke - but would sing along to familiar songs when they came on the radio...

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  3. I think it would be a great idea to introduce music into the classroom but only for those kids that respond well. I need total silence when I work or I get distracted very easily, so this wouldn't have been an option for me.

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  4. There's no doubt how much music can influence and individual and I think it would be an awesome tool for learning. I agree with you about that!

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  5. Everyone sure learns differently, if music can work, let it flow. Some kids need that to help them remember, just like some memorize things to a little tune.

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  6. Music is transforming. It also brings people together :) I always work better with music on

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  7. I rarely listen to music, except when we are in the truck on the way to store or church. But, I can see how it can be relaxing.

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  8. Music makes the world go around. I've always loved to listen to or dance to music.

    Have a fabulous day filled with wonderful music. ☺

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  9. Yes, absolutely! Children need to develop beyond standardized tests and be able to learn other skills and talents they may have. Personally, I was always terrible at playing instruments but I'm glad I got the opportunity at school.

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  10. Music really does bring people together! I love the way music changes and grows with you.

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  11. I think this is a good idea. To put music in the classroom. I think it can help a lot of kids. I think it would be good for my kids to enjoy and learn.

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  12. I think that music can do wonders for anyone. My middle child did music therapy for a while, about an hour every day he would listen to classical music or maybe it was a half hour. This was used to help keep his emotions and negative feelings calm, so that he could react better when faced with a trying situation. I think it helped WONDERS.

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  13. The kiddos had indoor recess today. Having some nice music in the background would be nice - even just for behavioral purposes I think this could be very useful!

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  14. I can see how music would affect the way children learn and behave. It's definitely something worth experimenting with.

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  15. Music isso important. When I was in high school one of my teachers wouldplay music and I feel like I did somuch better in that class

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  16. This is why it's so disheartening when music programs are cut. They are so essential to so many students.

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  17. You have really got me thinking now. I have never thought about the idea of music in school but it could really help a lot of children. Thanks for sharing the information and your thoughts.

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  18. Music is something that connects us all. It's the world's universal language.

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  19. music is the biggest love language in my opinion it speaks to any and everyone

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  20. Ahhhh nothing better than music!!!! Music is the one thing that everyone truly enjoys!!!! Such a mood lifter!

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  21. Music in schools is definitely a great idea but it depends how it’s integrated. I think if I had been allowed to listen to music while I was completing my class work - I would’ve been so distracted! Perhaps using some sort of group activity would be the way to go!

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  22. I myself really think that music is such a huge help! Need to have it most of the time to calm me down and help me concentrate..

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  23. This is such an awesome idea. Music is part of our daily life. That's why I always listen to the music i loved while reading my favorite book.

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  24. This is a really great idea, I love music.

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  25. I'll have to look into his site. I may be able to apply some stuff to the classroom.

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