A Consistent Beat Can Help Improve Mood, Attention and Stamina
Metronomes have been used to enhance abilities in sports and music for decades, and but did you know that for some learners, a consistent beat playing in the background can help to improve mood, attention and stamina? A metronome is a device that produces an audible beat—a click or other sound—at regular and consistent intervals. While a slow beat can be calming, a fast beat can increase one’s energy level. The trick is to use a device that allows a student to select their own speed and sound preferences. Downloadable apps are one option, but my favorite choice is a free online site: https://www.8notes.com/metronome/. This site offers a number of free accents as well as drum beats. By adjusting the Tempo slider, each student can select the beats per minute. My personal favorite is called Jazz at 120 beats per minute.
Some students will find a repetitive beat annoying. While many learners enjoy creating their own playlist from their favorite tunes, if lyrics are distracting, they can always listen to upbeat tracks that do not have words. My favorite online site for this is https://focusmusic.fm/. They play a constant string of free upbeat electronic compilations.
Although background beats do not serve all learners, I think you will be amazed at how it can help improve the mood, attention and stamina of many struggling students.
Test out the various options and let me know what you think!