Topic 4 Musical techniques

Songwriting

Song writing can be used to help students remember important information, such as new technical terms or key concepts. By setting information to music, students are more likely to remember it long-termly. For example, you could write a song about the functions of robots, or their components.

Some practical tips for including song writing into a STEM class, includes the following:

  • brainstorming STEM-related vocabulary and concepts
  • developing a melody
  • writing lyrics

In class, the teacher can provide a rubric for evaluating student songwriting projects based on certain criteria such as creativity, accuracy with relevance to STEM concepts and authenticity.

Musical skits

Musical skits is another music-based technique that can be used when teaching STEM. It refers to the employment of short performances that combine music and storytelling to teach or convey a message. They are typically scripted, rehearsed, and performed by students in a classroom or educational setting. Musical skits could be either humorous or serious depending on the topic taught. Find an example of both a serious musical skit and a more humorous one below.

Serious: Cybersecurity

The skit could feature characters who fall victim to cyber attacks, such as phishing scams or identity theft. The music could be tense and dramatic, with lyrics that explain the risks of sharing sensitive information online and the steps that can be taken to prevent cyber attacks.

Humorous: Coding

The skit could feature characters who are learning to code, such as a student who keeps getting error messages or a teacher who is new to the subject. The music could be upbeat and fun, with lyrics that explain basic coding concepts such as variables and loops. For example, a song called “If-Then Statements” could be a catchy way to teach the basics of conditional logic in programming.