SEL Music Playlist for Educators

Listening Lucy from Powerful Y ou knows the importance of listening.

Listening Lucy from Powerful You knows the importance of listening.

Music + Movement + Social Emotional Learning =


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness
— Maya Angelou

Three Reasons to Add Music to Your Curriculum

Improves Connection:  When we listen to music together, whether it be in a church, concert hall, or school, it allows everyone to feel the “vibe” of emotions and togetherness.  Music and movement together builds community and cohesion.  Even swaying and moving your hands together ignites cooperation.  

Increases Happiness:  Group singing releases serotonin which is the bonding hormone.  It is also believed that singing allows our heart beats to become synchronized.

Relieves Stress:  Instrumental tones and sounds are known to calm down your nervous system.  Try it here (add some deep breathing):

POWERFUL YOU PLAYLISTS:  Add music and movement to a themed classroom or group lesson. Marcia L. Tate, EdD, gives some great examples of how to use music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap to engage the brain.  Click here to learn more.  

Primary K-2 Powerful You Playlist:

Intermediate 3-5 Powerful You Playlist:


People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.
— Taylor Swift
Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!
—  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone