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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Song Playlists for Teachers

last updated April 6, 2021

Photo by bruce mars from Pexels

posted by Catharine Hannay, founder of Mindful Teachers

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 and videos, without gratuitously offensive words or images.

I try to include something for everyone on each playlist, and most of the songs are appropriate for older kids/teens and adults. If you teach young children, you might want to start with 
Great Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, and Gratitude

If you teach d/Deaf students, you might be interested in the American Sign Language (ASL) Song Playlist on Mindfulness, Compassion, and SEL. (I haven't been able to find nearly as many appropriate songs in Auslan, BSL, ISL, SASL, or NZSL.)

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

Civil Rights Movement and #blacklivesmatter 

Songs about social justice and compassion.

 Coronavirus Song and Video Playlist

Songs and stories about the challenges of quarantine and how we can help each other.
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

 Hope, Resilience, and Compassion

 Songs about hanging in there and helping each other.

Identity, Diversity, and Empathy 

Songs that challenge stereotypes and help us think about how we're the same and different from other groups and individuals.

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

 Mindfulness and Compassion

Songs about appreciating the present moment, kindness, forgiveness, self-compassion, empathy, etc. 

Multilingual Playlist on Unity, Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance

Songs in Albanian, Arabic, ASL, Bengali, Douala, French, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Lakota, Latin, Rom, Sesotho, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu, and Yiddish.
Nature and the Environment

Songs about protecting the environment, appreciating nature, and treating all creatures with respect and compassion

Peace, Love, and Tolerance

Songs about lovingkindness and widening our circles of compassion.

Songs about apologizing, reconciliation, and forgiving ourselves and others

Resilience and Inner Strength 

Songs about self-acceptance, self-compassion, and determination.

Songs about being true to ourselves and recognizing our own strength and vulnerability
Self-Compassion, Self-Acceptance, and Empathy
Songs about appreciating our differences and supporting each other.
Songs About Love for Friends and Family
Songs about love, gratitude, compassion, and challenging relationships  
What is Love?