Benefits of Songs That Teach • The music content includes a broad range of student curricular foci, which targets students from all levels of learning.
• The music integrates the English Language Development (ELD) learning standards—including reading, writing, listening, and speaking—with enjoyable, content–rich music. When the lyrics and animation content is discussed and written about, the ensuing activities create a link between the roles of reader-writer and listener-speaker. The experience is such that the students listen and sing the passages. Then they become readers, and then eventually writers.
Arnold Rosenthal, the creator of Songs That Teach has long been a musician and educator in the Southern California area. He is retired teacher from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr Rosenthal has previously taught for 29 years.
He is not a music teacher, rather he is a man with an extensive music background, playing with such groups as Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Jesse Ed Davis, and Leon Russell, and has taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District with fully accredited teaching credentials since 1994.
"I began to develop curriculum acquired through music when I started my teaching career in 1983 at Woodcrest Elementary in Tarzana, California. I observed how positively the children responded to music. I was particularly impressed at how effective music was as a motivational prompt in developing curriculum with ESL students in my modified bilingual classroom."
Mr. Rosenthal's credentials include a CLAD and a Master's Degree in Speech Communication, California State University at Northridge.
Mr Rosenthal recognized by the LAUSD Board
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• The music provides a spiraling experience rather than simply teaching a particular skill to mastery. A skill is introduced and then revisited, often at a higher level and at a later date.
• The music encourages cooperation and communication among teachers and students as it often utilizes content foci from other disciplines (math, social science, and science).
• Decoding and encoding skills are taught as they work through the process of reading and memorizing the lyrics.
• Several ELD and Content Standards are addressed within the content of the music.
• During Independent Work Time (IWT) activities, students are engaged in an enjoyable learning experience.
• The music content teaches both spelling and usage rules that are then applied to the student’s own writing as they relate to the lyrics
• The music helps students improve their listening and aural memory skills.
• The music lends itself to a cooperative learning environment.