Music During School Lunches
Music During School Lunches
"(It’s) the most glorious thing that's ever happened. The misbehavior is the exception to the rule now rather than the rule." - Dorcey Chernick (Resource specialist CCAS) Teal
"It calms me . . . It calms my mind, 'cause sometimes I'm crazy. I talk too much when I'm crazy." - Michelle Ashton (8-year-old CCAS) Teal
"It's just lovely . . . It's an incredible experience to watch a thousand children eating quietly and listening to music.” - Principal Jill Fager (Coldwater Canyon Avenue School) Blue
"It makes it more like a restaurant than a zoo . . . Now they come to lunch and talk in whispers." - Michelle Rosenbaum (Teacher CCAS) Blue
``I like the violins . . . I like the music.'' - Jessica Pelletier (First-grader West Hill Elementary School)
“We like to have music playing when we eat. Why wouldn't children like that? Why wouldn't we want that for our children?'' - Chris Vendetta (Parent WHES)
``Their response is great. They're so excited about hearing the music. And they can relate to these players.” - Dominick Fiore (Orchestra director) Yellow
"When you give the kids a chance to hear something that is outside of their range, it allows them to be curious, and if they're curious, they're better learners in every subject." – Ami Hall (Music teacher Alice Terry Elementary School)
Reducing lunchroom noise levels
Those conducting the study later determined that the decibel level in the lunchroom was comparable to a passing subway train.
A study that was conducted at an elementary school in Northern California found that playing music in the cafeteria during lunch reduced the noise level in the room
The study eventually determined that playing classical music produced a six-decibel or 7% decrease in noise level.
The study eventually determined that playing popular radio music produced a ten-decibel or 12% decrease in noise level.
Classical Music vs. Popular Radio Music
The study eventually determined that playing classical music produced a six-decibel or 7% decrease in noise level while playing popular radio music produced a ten-decibel or 12% decrease in noise level.
Researchers asked the students whether or not they liked the music during lunchtime. According to the article, 103 of the 116 students preferred music in the lunchroom, and nearly all of them favored the popular radio music over the classical piano music.
Particular students find the classical music to be too calming or even boring because they would rather listen to “beat-driven music of the urban dance scene.”
Recorded Music vs. Live Music
Another school I read about has musicians not much older than the student audiences come and perform during lunch instead of just playing recorded music. This particular school's aim was to expose their students to fine and popular art that they may not be exposed to otherwise.
“Maybe they'll hear something today that they will remember, something that will get them interested in learning an instrument or singing.'' - Linda Fiore (Hartt School Music)
Reducing number of lunchroom behavioral interventions
The study also indicated nearly a 65% drop in behavioral interventions required by lunchroom supervisors throughout the two experiments.
"It's boring . . . It doesn't have that much rhythm." - Norma Paniagua (Sixth-grader CCAS) Green