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ERIC Number: EJ1057162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Using Content-Specific Lyrics to Familiar Tunes in a Large Lecture Setting
McLachlin, Derek T.
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v2 p93-97 2009
Music can be used in lectures to increase student engagement and help students retain information. In this paper, I describe my use of biochemistry-related lyrics written to the tune of the theme to the television show, The Flintstones, in a large class setting (400-800 students). To determine student perceptions, the class was surveyed several weeks after the song was used. Students reported a high level of engagement and enjoyment during the song. Many students found the song to be a helpful study tool. To guide future song selection, the students were also asked to indicate their familiarity with 30 popular songs from the past 50+ years. The songs that were least familiar to the students were all released before 1980, but some older songs were well known. The results support the use of content-specific lyrics set to familiar tunes as an educational tool, and provides information about specific songs that would or would not be suitable for this purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada