Featured Talk: Using Choreographed Songs in Teaching Science

Presented by
Jennifer Mangan & David Newman (James Madison University)

Jennifer ManganDavid Newman We have long known that music and movement enhance our lives. We have leveraged the power of these to increase retention of science facts among middle school students, and we have expanded our work to include all ages ranging from kindergarten to college students. Our work has found that learning a song promotes retention of knowledge, but adding simple choreography to the song has the potential to further aid learning. In addition, adding the arts to learning science facts that some may find dry promotes enjoyment of the learning process. We present the work we have done to demonstrate this as well as new projects and undertakings that highlight the role music has in learning, and particularly in learning science concepts.