Sunday, July 15, 2018

Song Playlists for Teachers






by Catharine Hannay


A big part of my mission here at Mindful Teachers is to make it easier for you to find the resources you need to teach mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, social-emotional skills and social responsibility. 

In putting together these playlists, I reject at least a dozen songs for every song that makes it onto the list. I look for:
  • themes appropriate for values-based teaching and lessons on mindfulness and social-emotional learning;
  • a range of musical styles to suit different tastes; and
  • interesting lyrics, without gratuitously offensive words or images (which is why I don't include more rap and hip-hop; let's just say it's been eye-opening).



If you teach young children, start with:

I've tried to include something for everyone on the other playlists, but please read the lyrics and watch the full video before deciding what's appropriate for your particular context.  


Song Playlists with Questions for Reflection and Discussion

All About the Breath 
Songs about breath-based meditation, breathing through strong emotions, and 'the moments that take your breath away'
Are You Happy? 
Songs about feeling happy, looking on the bright side, and pretending to be happy while hiding our true feelings
Be Here Now 
Songs about growing up, seasons changing, remembering the past, and appreciating the present moment
Change the World 
Songs about diversity, unity, love for humanity, and making a difference
Kindness and Compassion (part 1 of 2)
Songs about treating each other with compassion, empathy, and kindness
Kindness and Compassion (part 2 of 2)
Songs about discrimination, understanding people from different backgrounds, and taking action to help others
Gratitude (part 1 of 2)
Songs offering thanks to specific people; songs expressing appreciation for life itself
Gratitude (part 2 of 2)
Songs about appreciating our circumstances and our loved ones
Nature and the Environment
Songs about protecting the environment, appreciating nature, and treating all creatures with respect and compassion
Songs about apologizing, reconciliation, and forgiving ourselves and others
Self-Acceptance
Songs about being true to ourselves and recognizing our own strength and vulnerability
Songs About Friends and Family
Songs about love, gratitude, compassion, and challenging relationships  
What is Love?

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