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The Rock 'n' Roll Classroom


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Foreword Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Music: A Powerful Teaching Tool 2. So Happy Together: Using Feel-Good Music to Manage Student Mood 3. Calming The Restless Natives: Using Music to Reduce Excess Energy and Stress 4. They Like to Move It (So Let Them): Using Pump-Up Music to Energize Students 5. Music to Work To: Using Background Music to Increase Focus on Individual Work 6. Come Together (Over Music): Using Background Music to Facilitate Group Activities 7. Learn It Through a Song and Remember It Forever: Using Music to Create Robust Memory of Content 8. Your Magical, Musical Bag of Tricks: Fun and Effective Management Strategies Using Music 9. Putting It All Together: Policies and Procedures, Hardware and Software, Planning and Implementation Appendices References Index

About the Author

Learn more about Rich Allen's PD offerings Richard Allen is an international consultant with more than 25 years experience coaching trainers and educators. Cofounder and president of Education Illustrated, he has taken the TrainSmart strategies beyond the United States and Canada to such diverse countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil. Allen is also a popular keynote speaker at international conferences, and he facilitates moti-vational and teambuilding workshops. Allen started his educational career as a high school math and drama teacher. In 1985, he became a lead facilitator for SuperCamp-an accelerated learning program for teens-and has since worked with more than 25,000 students worldwide. He completed his doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University, where he studied how the human brain receives, processes, and recalls information-knowledge that informs all aspects of his training strategies. Willy Wood, MA in English, is a highly sought-after speaker on how the human brain learns and effective teaching practices. He speaks regularly in school districts across the United States and at national and international brain and education conferences, with a focus on sharing and modeling practical classroom approaches extrapolated from current cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Mr. Wood began his educational career as an English teacher, teaching high school and university level literature and writing classes for 14 years. He then served as the Communication Arts Consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for five years. During his time at DESE, Mr. Wood wrote the state's Curriculum Frameworks for Communication Arts, led the development of the state's communication arts assessment, and started the state's first intensive K-3 professional development model for improving reading instruction (the Missouri Reading Initiative). During his time as a teacher and state educational consultant, Mr. Wood became fascinated with exploring the biological underpinnings of effective teaching and learning. He left DESE in 2000 to become a full-time educational consultant and presenter so he could share his passion for brain-compatible teaching practices with educators around the world. He now serves as President of Open Mind Technologies, Inc., an educational consulting firm. The author lives in Missouri with his wife, Debbie, and has three sons. He can be reached at his email address:


"Get ready for your students to start tapping their heels and increasing their brain power!" -- Emmalee Callaway, Gifted and Talented Teacher
"Music ties the past, present, and future together within the Arts as a heartbeat promoting learning. This is especially geared to a person's development in learning from birth throughout one's life as a learning tool to add to the other strategies of learning in all aspects of life." -- Melanie S. Hedges, Art Teacher, NBCT
"Teachers will rock their students' day with The Rock & Roll Classroom. This comprehensive work not only applies to enhancing classroom instruction, but has a world of information on the topic of music as it affects us every day." -- Beth Madison, Principal
"I am happy to recommend this book to all teachers, no matter the subject or grade level. Are you looking for a classroom strategy that will motivate your students, encourage positive energy and mood, and help to insure your students are ready and able to focus? The Rock and Roll Classroom shares the "why, when, and how" to use music in your own classroom." -- Lauren Mittermann, Social Studies teacher
"As a High School Principal, I am always seeking creative ways for my teachers to impact student learning in positive ways. After reviewing this book, I am convinced that music can not only benefit student learning in the 21st century classroom, but can invite students and teachers to be energized and focused on instruction. This book will definitely be a book study option for my faculty during their weekly PLC meetings in the future." -- Steve Knobl, Principal
"This is the book I have been waiting for! I have tried to use music in my classroom for years and have always felt like I fell short of the mark, but didn't know how to fix it. Now I have a better understanding of how to use music in my classroom in a fun and effective way." -- Pamela L. Opel, Science Curriculum Specialist

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