How I Use It
I use BrainPOP in many ways and with many grades in my music classes. In the past, I have introduced the life of a famous composer or performer using BrainPOP videos. It's also great for reinforcing vocabulary that is used in the videos, such as "recital," "prodigy," etc.I have even used it as highlights during school celebrations of various cultures throughout the year. I particularly like to use the videos on the different styles and genres of music. I can have students watch the videos on Latin music, for example, tell me what they learned, listen to an audio selection of Latin music, then makes connections to what they have learned from the video by identifying specific qualities, instruments, etc. of Latin music. I often use the "Learning Music" videos at the beginning of the year to remind 4th through 8th grade students of what they probably forgot over the summer, such as scales, meter, and reading music. It seemed childish to me at first to show these to middle school students, but they really like them. Students are very engaged in the videos and are usually able to identify they key points of each video.
Brainpop shows short video clips about various concepts. I like it because it has a section specifically for Arts and Music. The videos are informative, engaging, and entertaining. They even make me laugh sometimes. Questions are asked through letters mailed to a cartoon kid, and he answers them with a summary of the concepts involved. There is also a robot, which kids love, that asks questions. There are some free videos, but I think more teachers would use it if all the videos were free.