January 19, 2011 / Staff Fun

Using music as a motivator in the yearbook room

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

A little music in the yearbook room can pick up the spirits during these busy days.

Some people work better to music and others do not. Poll your staff to see how they like to work. The problem for advisers probably will not be whether to allow a stereo or boom box in the room. The problem will be what compromises the staff should make for comfort.

  • Consider designating work sessions as either silent or with music.
  • Rotate radio stations or who brings the CDs. If you have students who like Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon, then they are getting a music education course for free in their yearbook room.
  • Decide on the volume. Look for a range between background music and low enough for people to talk.
  • Radio users should avoid stations with a lot of chat, which can be distracting.
  • Actually, avoiding music with lyrics may help students to concentrate better. Bach, anyone?

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.