Are You Ready to Rock ‘N’ Roll?  If you are, this is the book for you!

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Classroom: Using Music to Manage Mood, Energy, and Learning

Music is one of the most effective tools a teacher can use to manage students’ moods, energy levels, and on-task focus in the classroom, yet only a small percentage of teachers make use of this powerful and flexible tool.

Maybe you’ve thought about using music in your classroom, but have been afraid to give it a try.  Maybe you’re not afraid to try it, but you’re just not sure how to go about getting started.  Maybe you’d give it a try, but you’re afraid your administrators might not sanction it unless you can give them solid research evidence to support its effectiveness.

Well, your worries are over, and your journey into the wonderful world of joyful, engaging, highly-effective teaching is about to begin!

In this clearly-written, research-packed book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get your students into a better mood for learning within seconds.
  • Calm your students down quickly when they’re “bouncing off the walls.”
  • Energize your students for the day’s lesson when they’re lethargic.
  • Cover distracting sounds in the environment so students can focus.
  • Maximize the effectiveness of group work.
  • Embed important content into a song to make it more memorable.
  • And much, much more!

You’ll find step-by-step, how-to directions for every use of music covered in the book, plus playlists of songs for each use and classroom examples contributed by teachers from all over the world.

This one-of-a-kind book is currently available on Amazon and at Corwin Press.

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Rock 'N' Roll Classroom


“In The Rock ‘N’ Roll Classroom, Willy Wood and Rich Allen tap into what many educators have known but not been able to substantiate in their curriculum.  I have used music for warm-ups for years, but in this quality text, the authors provide the neuroscience research to support why music engages students.  What makes this book so incredibly important are the step-by-step guides to implementing music in a classroom.  New teachers need books like this, and I have eagerly recommended it to my pre-service students in our teacher prep program.  What a useful and relevant tool!”

-Barri Bumgarner
Author, College Professor

“Teachers will rock their students’ day with The Rock & Roll Classroom. This comprehensive work not only applies to enhancing classroom instruction, but has a world of information on the topic of music as it affects us every day.”

-Beth Madison
Principal Review

More Reviews…

“This is the book I have been waiting for!  I have tried to use music in my classroom for years and have always felt like I fell short of the mark, but didn’t know how to fix it.  Now I have a better understanding of how to use music in my classroom in a fun and effective way.”

-Pamela L. Opel
Science Curriculum Specialist Review

“As a High School Principal, I am always seeking creative ways for my teachers to impact student learning in positive ways.  After reviewing this book, I am convinced that music can not only benefit student learning in the 21st century classroom, but can invite students and teachers to be energized and focused on instruction.  This book will definitely be a book study option for my faculty during their weekly PLC meetings in the future.”

-Steve Knobl,
Principal Review

“I am happy to recommend this book to all teachers, no matter the subject or grade level. Are you looking for a classroom strategy that will motivate your students, encourage positive energy and mood, and help to insure your students are ready and able to focus? The Rock and Roll Classroom shares the “why, when, and how” to use music in your own classroom.”

-Lauren Mittermann
Social Studies teacher Review