Music in the Classroom for Quick Transitions

Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
Hey-O friends! How do you manage changing classes (my class doesn’t but I’m curious), or even moving from subject to subject within your own classroom? I teach in a self-contained classroom and it’s easy to shift subjects down the schedule a little when things don’t go as planned. 
#WhoopsWritingWasSupposedToStart20MinutesAgo? ahahahaha
#NoShame
When it’s time to check morning work, I play a song
When it’s time to come to the carpet for a lesson I play a song.
Subject change & it’s time to get out a different interactive notebook and folder—
YES, I have a song for that! 
I keep a slew of songs on my iTunes and iPhone/iPad and I just click depending on what I need! 
It’s easy to say that it’s time to start something new and kids take that task as, “Okay I can chat with my friend now for 1049813582305 minutes”. If they’re singing—they’re on task and still able to talk–but they’re singing to a tune. 
When the music stops they must be ready! 
Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
Beginning of the year I introduce a song for a new subject/idea slowly. 
I want the kids to get used to it and understand the rules that follow when the song begins and ends. 
Basically, I am morphing my little kids into dogs. Just call me Ms. Pavlov πŸ˜‰
I keep my phone in my pocket while teaching, whatever I’m honest…judge me πŸ™‚
Since my phone is in my pocket, I can quickly access the iTunes app and play the songs that I need.
The volume on your phone is loud enough for all the kids to hear.
Don’t stress yourself out running to the computer πŸ˜‰ 
Here are some possible music ideas! 
Of course some will feel awkward at first, but when they see that I am also singing along, they feel more comfortable to do it themselves πŸ˜‰ 
Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
Click the play button to hear these songs:
Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
The first song is this mix is the one my kids and I sing every time its carpet time! 
I thought the kids wouldn’t like it at first but even my boys sing along!

Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
Use these songs to signal that it’s time to get our their folder or notebook for that song, clean just from the previous subject because the new one is about to start, or other ideas! 
I also included some songs for lunch and recess! 


Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
Use these songs to signal it’s time to clean up, pack up, and/or line up for dismissal πŸ™‚ 
I threw in some theme songs also πŸ˜‰

What songs do you use or do you think would make great transitions? 
I would love to change up my routine for second semester, next year, and give a bigger selection to other teachers! 
Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
I hope this was a Peppy Zesty idea for you! 

Pin the image below so you can reference these songs later and check back for an updated list! 
Are you an elementary education teacher looking for more classroom ideas? This classroom management tip will ease the stress of transitions in the classroom! Using music in the classroom is a fabulous classroom management tool! Check out these awesome lists! You can listen to the music on the website!
For more classroom management ideas check out my pinterest board! 

Amber

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18 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kelli
    March 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love adding music to our day, especially around transitions- I love though your interesting and fun lists for different songs for different types of transitions! It can be a way to add a little fun in the day! I am off to investigate this more! P.s. You are a riot #noshame

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    Marci
    May 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I really really want to see your playlist suggestions, but I just see blank spaces where the "play" button should be … any ideas what's wrong?

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      L
      July 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Marci,
      I had the same issue. I have some AdBlock software on my browser, and when I deactivated it for this page, I could see all the playlists and play buttons. Hope that helps?

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    Megan
    May 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I use songs for transitions as well. I've used the same songs for several years now, though, so I think it's time for some new ones. Thanks for he suggestions. My students always love how we use the James Bond theme song as our pack up/clean up song at the end of the day.

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    Alyce Johnson
    May 27, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I use it when we are doing stations. Each time they hear the song they straighten up and then another song to move the next station. They love it.

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    Alyce Johnson
    May 27, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I use it when we are doing stations. Each time they hear the song they straighten up and then another song to move the next station. They love it.

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    Diana
    June 9, 2016 at 5:04 am

    I love this! I also used music for our transitions between centers and for cleaning up to go home. I am curious for your subject transitions and going to the carpet how long do you play each song? I couldn’t imagine giving my kids 3 minutes to get to the carpet or transition between subjects.

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      Amber Calderon
      June 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Hey, Diana! I completely agree that 3 minutes is way too long. I just pause the music whenever I see fit depending on the activity and how the room looks. The preview versions which are the promos of the songs on apple are a great length. Good Luck!

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    Ashley Crane
    June 9, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Oh no! I love this idea and really want to see the songs you have chosen for each transition, but they don’t seem to be working anymore :/

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    Jennie
    June 16, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I use Jack Johnson’s “We Are Going to be Friends” to call kids to the carpet and sometimes “Unwritten ” when we start/finish writing.

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    Terry T.
    June 25, 2016 at 2:32 am

    The Pink Panther song is a great one for coming to the carpet!

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    Jacquie
    June 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

    For clean up after art projects I use “Car Wash” by Cool and the Gang. Dancing happens while singing????

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      Amber Calderon
      July 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      That is SUCH a great song choice!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh thanks for sharing I literally LOL’d because that is so clever! πŸ™‚

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    LISE RIEHLE
    July 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I teach middle school, but I do find value in transitional music from entering the class, getting set up to start, and cleaning up. My students class periods are 53 minutes, so every minute counts. I’ll look for some music, and will send it on for your other MS teachers. Thanks for the post-great ideas.

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    Amy
    July 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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    Patti
    July 22, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I love to play music for my 1st graders! We have a 10 minute playlist for morning work which includes What a Wonderful World, It’s a Beautiful Morning, Good Morning Starshine, and Best Day of My Life. Center clean up is to the Password gameshow theme song, center rotations (transition) is Yakity Yak intro, Andy Griffith whistle tells us it’s time for lunch and we line up to I Dream of Jeannie. I love your choices to intro specific subjects and am adding them now. Love the James Bond song idea too!

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    Tobi
    August 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Yakkity Yak is a great clean up song. Here are a few of my favorite lines to sing out loud to the kids: “Take out the papers and the trash…” “Don’t you give me no dirty looks…” and “Yakkity yak, don’t talk back.”

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    Peter McCabe
    September 28, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I have never used songs for transitions but I’m going to give it a go……I know I’m going to love the funny looks I get from the pupils and other staff members!!

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