Calm music for the classroom to encourage writing

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Calm music for the classroom to encourage writing

We all know how important it is to create a calm and welcoming environment in the classroom for pupils. There are many ways to achieve this, and one effective method is to incorporate calming music into children’s daily routines. Music has the ability to soothe anxious or stressed pupils and can help to improve concentration and focus. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of using calming music in the classroom and share some tips for incorporating it into your teaching practice.


Calm music to use

We have sourced a few calm music playlists that are perfect to use in the classroom. Try them out to enhance children’s learning.


Morning warm-up music

This playlist is great for starting the day right and calming children ready to learn. 


Connect to nature

Connect to nature through calm music and help pupils relax and get in the zone for learning.


Focus time music

Use this focus playlist with calm music that is perfect for the classroom. Children can become motivated by listening to music so this playlist can be perfect to use in the middle of the day when there can be a slump. 


Pair calming music with engaging images

Engage and encourage children to listen carefully to calming music by using playlists with eye-catching images for children. Use this playlist for younger pupils to interest them in the music.


Combine popular culture with a music playlist

Children are more likely to pay attention to calm music if it resonates with them. Incorporate popular culture songs for pupils to enjoy like this relaxing Disney medley. 


Be extra calming with acoustic music

Use this acoustic playlist to unplug and unwind while learning. This could be great to use during stressful times for pupils when there is a lot to learn and take on. Great for the end of the day to bring children peace.


Benefits of calm music

There are many benefits of playing calm music in the classroom for children. Listening to music can help children develop literacy skills, as reading and writing doesn’t have to be limited to English lessons. Music can allow children to understand the basics of grammar or the structure of written work such as poems.

Melodies in music can also improve memorisation skills. This is because tunes within music can be catchy, so if there are any lyrics or children listen while learning they are more likely to retain the information quickly. Listening to music while working can also give pupils the confidence to creatively express themselves. It may push them to write a story, poem, or create their own music too.


Activities with music

It is easy to pair various activities with music to aid children’s learning while having fun. Activities with music can help pupils identify different sounds, learn to enunciate words, and explore language. Calm music while learning guides children with memory skills and improves word building. Build upon their social skills with group singalongs where they can work together to create fun melodies and even lyrics.

Encourage pupils to listen to the music carefully and identify the different variations in sound, as well as allowing them to respond to what they hear. To help pupils who struggle to concentrate in a group setting you could provide headphones for them to individually listen to music on class devices. This is important to help develop their writing skills and literacy skills, as children need to differentiate the sounds in words to be able to read and write them. Music is perfect for teaching children how to listen and respond. It also helps to improve vocabulary, comprehension and language structure.


Music & literacy

Literacy depends on being able to detect sound patterns which is a part of auditory processing. Music can help struggling pupils with their reading and writing skills as it can aid them with sounds becoming more consistent to them. Due to this, children are able to understand words better which is reflected in their reading and writing.

Music can be vital for teaching core subjects, especially literacy. It can help with reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as strengthening brain development in pupils.


Use popular culture

Music can enhance literacy skills massively, and this can be even more effective if you use music that resonates with pupils. Using popular culture music can engage children in their learning more as they are familiar with the songs, as children respond well to what they recognise.

You could use popular music as a warmup before your planned lessons to get children thinking and set the lesson off positively. Expand their analytical thinking skills by asking them to discuss how to make a hit song. Also, you could add to their discussion by delving into the messages of songs and their purpose. After discussions, you could get your class to create their own versions to develop their creativity and imagination. Encourage children to perform their versions in front of the class and provide some fun percussion instruments for them to use. Doing this can help develop their comprehension skills as well as analytical skills.


Use this calm music for the classroom, along with our suggestions and advice to aid children’s learning and develop their writing skills. Incorporating calm music into the classroom can have a positive impact on pupils’ focus, productivity, and overall well-being. It is important to implement simple strategies, such as playing soothing music, to create a more peaceful and productive learning atmosphere. By doing this, it can help children to reach their full potential and succeed in their learning. So why not try adding some relaxing tunes to your classroom playlist and see the difference it can make?

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Amber Vaccianna

Hope blog writer

26 September 2023

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