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Música miércoles

Música miércoles - music in Spanish classSo far the most popular post on this blog has been about baile viernes, our routine of starting every Friday dancing to a Spanish song. So I decided to go into more detail with baile viernes' older sister - música miércoles. 


Música miércoles (music Wednesday) is starting class watching a music video (or lyrics video for those with inappropriate videos) of a current or classic song in Spanish and then answering questions or talking about it in Spanish. I recently started a Youtube playlist to keep class favorites organized. Here is the powerpoint of Spanish bellringers if you are interested in implementing them. Each week I pick either a favorite song of mine or one from Billboard Latino Top 100. I am always on the lookout for new music on Pinterest and Twitter as well, especially current and relevant, such as the World Cup. 

My first year of teaching, one of my biggest successes was música miércoles. Because of this tradition, many students' favorite day of the week became Wednesday, as shared on their friday feedback. Week after week students would enter saying "Yeah, we get to listen to music today!" "Whooo, música miércoles!" I think this is because many students enjoy listening to music, and think they get to "waste" class time doing so. What they do not realize is this "waste" has the following benefits to them:

  • Listening to the Spanish language through song
  • Exposing them to new genres and artists of Spanish speaking music
  • Learning the geography of where the artists are from
  • Hearing different accents and slang from various parts of the world
  • Getting catchy music stuck in their head 
  • Cultivating an interest in new music, enough to start their own Spanish Pandora station at home
  • Bringing up cultural similarities and differences
  • Making learning Spanish fun
  • Having students excited to come to Spanish class
The students enjoy doing activities surrounding music so much that this year I think the entire class period will be dedicated to music on Wednesday. (Especially since due to Wednesday's short class period this year due to Mass, homeroom, and early release all fall in this day meaning around 27 minute class periods. After watching a video and talking about a little, there would barley be any time to do anything else anyway, so why not go deeper into the music?) If we are going to spend the whole class period on a song each week, I need to do a better job planning songs that would go with each levels' unit. In the past I have picked one song each week (for ease & planning sake) to show all levels, and varied the questions I asked each class. Or maybe I will mix it up, some weeks all classes will see a new great song, and other weeks, songs will vary by levels and topics being studied. We shall see!

Update - You can now get ALL resources together in the Música miércoles GROWING BUNDLE!

Let me know if you try música miércoles!
- Allison 

18 comments

  1. I do weekly "coros" where students spend 3 days learning a catchy chorus. It's based on a literacy expert's technique for improving fluency in *reading*, but I think it works just as well for L2 fluency! But my kids, too, come to class just for the song!

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    1. I like the idea of learning the chorus!

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  2. Also, excellent choice of image for the post! Es mi novio ;)

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  3. Allison, your blog is just a GOLD MINE for me. Every post has me thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?!" ha ha. I LOVE this idea. I am on a double block schedule so I can't always have it on a Wednesday but I am definitely using this somehow.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad someone is finding it useful!

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    1. Thank you for reading! Have a great year! - Allison

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  5. Do the students respond to any activities after listening? Or is it just to expose them to new music/culture/etc? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Emily,
      I have done this many different ways. Sometimes it is just to quickly start class to expose them to new music and we talk in Spanish about what we liked, saw, and felt during the song. Other days we spend the entire class period on just one song listening, answering questions, discussing, putting lyrics in order, reflecting, or focusing on repeating one target structure.
      I hope that helps!
      Allison

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  6. Hola. Gracias por estos recursos fantásticos. :-)

    Which levels of Spanish do you use this with?

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    1. Hola!
      I teach Spanish 1-4 and have done a variation on this with all levels. I usually pick 1 song for the week and then just change the questions and discussions to fit the level.
      Let me know if you have any more questions!
      Allison

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  7. Thank you! I love your ideas! You're a life saver!!!

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  8. Thank you! I love your ideas! You're a life saver!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know if you need anything at all!
      Allison

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  9. This is the first year that I've tried Música Miércoles and most of my students have hated every song I've played (I've been playing many different genres, artists, etc). We have 5 minute passing periods, so it's hard to just have the song playing as they come in as some have to use the entire 5 minutes to get across campus (the school is enormous!). I usually wait until they're in the room before starting the song. Should I just play it on loop as they walk in? I love the idea, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong.

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    1. There is no wrong way to do it!! I usually have it playing on a loop during passing time & then restart it once class starts. A new trick I have is using google slides, insert the video so side by side you can have the video playing on a loop and the info and questions to write down. Once everyone is settled, you can make it full screen and then go back to questions after to discuss if needed.
      As for choosing songs, let the kids have input. Make it a job of your most opinionated music lovers to find songs THEY think the class would like in Spanish. As an assignment, kids could post a song in Spanish they like, and you(or your class DJ) could use these options to pick.
      Just some ideas!
      Allison

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  10. I usually show videos with the lyrics due to inappropriate videos, like you do, but this year more than ever I have students really getting into the music and doing their own research. They find the bad videos or the remixed, inappropriate versions and come back to class telling me about it. How do you handle this? I have 8th graders.

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    1. I think it is great they are listening to Spanish music out of class! Personally, what they do on their own time is their choice. If it ever comes back to you, you can show that you used an appropriate option :)

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