The Psychology of Fun

by Abby @ Quaver on September 3, 2013

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Music Education News

funinmusicclass“Let’s have fun today.”

A nice opening statement for a music class, don’t you think?

By setting such an engaging tone, you invite students to anticipate enjoyable activity and emotional components including social interaction. It may also involve rewards, including a sense of accomplishment (defined by Podilchak, 1991).

To put playfulness to the test, a summer-long science project for college undergraduates was designed to include elements of play (Journal of Geoscience Education, March 2010). Key findings included:

  • Play makes learning easier.
  • Play increases interest.
  • Play improves attitudes.
  • Playfulness relieves boredom.

So what happens if you try to take fun out of the classroom?

In a series of studies by W. Glasser (1986, 1988, 1996), he found that fun was an essential part of a school day. Without a built-in opportunity for fun, students will create their own fun socialization opportunities and make their own choices. In other words, they will tend to disrupt a teacher’s lesson plan.

To state it simply, heed the words of game designer and author Ralph Koster:

“Fun is just another word for learning.”

We couldn’t agree more!

Everything we do at is centered around making learning music Seriously Fun for students AND teachers. From engaging games, fast-paced entertainment, hilarious animation, Quaver teachers believe FUN is essential to creating:

  1. More energetic classrooms
  2. Far greater student retention
  3. Rejuvenated music programs
  4. and a lifelong love of music in their students!

We love visiting your classrooms and seeing you bring music to life for your students.

Tell us – how do you encourage Play in your music classroom?

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

1 Dara September 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

I LOVE to play!!!

I use Quaver Classplay to encourage my students to hop, skip, jump, twirl, spin and dance to the music in my room each day!

Movement is so critical to development, internalizing learning, and oh yeah, being healthy…our students are told “sit down, sit still, stop wiggling” for six hours a day. I’m so SO glad I have 30 minutes where I can channel that natural inclination!!!

“Jumping Jacks” anyone??


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: