Not only does music play a huge role in my everyday classroom instruction, but it is something that I take very seriously. As any of my current or former students will tell you, I always have music playing in my room and/or singing a particular song. I really believe that playing music sets a comfortable and inviting atmosphere…..which is crucial for a classroom. In addition, one thing that I have noticed among middle level students is that they take their music very seriously as well. It has now become common place to see students listening to their iPod/MP3 just to pass the time…..all the time, and they are very passionate about their music.
With these factors in mind I have decided to start a “Artist of The Week” segment in my class. Often when my students are writing notes or working in groups (busy work), I will play music for them. I have decided to use this busy work time to feature a new artist to my students every week and play them a few songs while they work. This week’s artist is The Gaslight Anthem.
The Gaslight Anthem is a alternative rock band that hails from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Although they have only been together for two years, the band has already developed a large underground following. Below is an MP3 of their track titled “The 59′ Sound”, I highly recommend that you give it a listen…..and keep your eyes open for next week’s artist of the week.