Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Counselor's Corner: Music for an Educator's Office

It's no secret that Pandora Internet Radio is an amazing way to stream music into your classroom or office. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to make sure that the music you play is always kid-friendly because nearly every genre has its dark side. Yeah, yeah, I know you can change the content filters, but even then sometimes you get songs that don't necessarily curse but that discuss questionable content. Strangely enough, these songs are sometimes amazing discussion starters for older kids and absolutely meaningless (and thus, arguably harmless) to the younger ones. "The A Team" by Ed Sheehan comes to mind... good discussion topic for high school kids, but most elementary kids probably won't understand what it's actually about. But I digress...

In any case, what I want to share today is my answer to this problem. For a while, I played classical music... but honestly, I didn't enjoy it. I rarely recognized a song, and it was even rarer that one of my kids did. And then one day I got the theme song from Skyrim stuck in my head. For those who don't know, Skyrim is an incredibly popular fantasy computer game that I haven't had the pleasure to play in some time... no, I have no idea how I managed to get a song from the game stuck in my head, and yeah, I'm a huge nerd. Anyway, I was whistling it while I was walking down the hallway, and I decided to see if it was on Pandora. To my surprise, there it was, ready to form the foundation of my new kid-friendly, (sort of) classical station! 

Currently, I have these soundtracks as the foundation of my new station:

I have been pleasantly surprised by what has popped up on this station. I've heard everything from Avatar to How to Train Your Dragon. The music is still classical in a sense, but they are much more modern and recognizable. And best of all, one of my kids this morning said with a big grin, "This sounds like the Ice Age movie!" And guess what? He was right.

What soundtracks would you suggest adding?

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