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?