A few years ago, I’d walked into a friend’s classroom in the morning, and she had classical music playing as the students walked in each morning. It had such a calming effect on the students and helped them settle in quickly for the day. I thought I need to use music more! I’m sharing the best Pandora stations for primary classrooms that I’ve found.
First, I do not pay for Pandora. It is $5.50 a month if you’d like to subscribe. It would be ad-free for you and you do have the benefit of skipping as many songs as you’d like and replaying different songs.
To keep it friendly for the classroom without paying, you can do two things to help. First, you can turn off and remove explicit content from your Pandora account. Below is a Youtube video to show you how to do that.
Second, is you can add an ad blocker to your computer by going to the web store and choosing a free ad blocker. It makes it so you can listen to Pandora without any ads in the classroom.
Music can be used in so many ways throughout your day. Have music playing as your class comes in, maybe after lunch as they come in from recess to relax for a few minutes and reset for the afternoon. How about some instrumental music during writing time during morning work or math boxes and more upbeat songs during clean up or getting ready to go home time?
Now to the good part!
the best pandora stations for primary classrooms
The Piano Guys – this is a family favorite that we listen to at home as well, a lot of current songs that are played using the piano, cello and violin.
Instrumentals for Studying – instrumental music only so the voices won’t distract the students
Disney (Children’s) – a lot of popular Disney songs the kids know and love
The Mozart Effect – a mix of nice instrumental music
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star (Children’s) Radio – an rockin’ instrumental/lullaby station with songs from artists like Billy Idol, The Beatles and Avalon
Soundscape – instrumental music with a mix our environmental sounds – think a classical piece with rain falling in the background
Jack Johnson (Childrens) Radio – a lot of your traditional Jack Johnson music with other encouraging songs mixed in from other similar artists
Greg and Steve Radio – a mix of traditional kids songs
Kids Bop – “kid-friendly” versions of hit singles re-recorded by session musicians
Beats For Studying – similar to the Piano Guys stations, a lot of instrumental, piano, and violins
Classical Goes Pop – a lot of fun, upbeat, current instrumental music like Lindsey Stirling
Vitamin String Quartet – well known popular rock, pop and country songs instrumental style
I hope you were able to find a new station or two to try out in your class! Do you have any other favorites you’d add to the list?
See you next time!