As I’ve written about previously, I used to keep my “database” of Spanish music in my head…..until it just got to be too much to remember! Then, I started keeping each song used for a particular chapter or unit on the chapter page on my wikispace. However, that did not give me great organization, particularly when someone asked me for a music suggestion for a particular topic, theme, artist, etc. Almost three years ago, I created my second presentation for MFLA on using Spanish music to teach geography, social awareness, vocabulary and history. That presentation featured the music of Juanes (Colombia), Juan Luis Guerra (La República Dominicana) and Carlos Baute (Venezuela). By that time, the need to create a database was pressing! Last year, I created a third MFLA session called Music Lights the Language Fire! (which I will be presenting again at NECTFL spring 2012) and I could no longer put off the creation of an organized system. The first database that I created contained some 325 songs that are in an Excel spreadsheet by artist, title, grammar, vocabulary, culture topic, country, and YouTube video link. Today, that database contains 635 songs that are searchable by the same topics. It is a valuable tool for me. If I’m looking for a song that contains the future tense or object pronouns or commands, etc, that’s what I search for; if I need a song from Uruguay, I search for that; if my students have responded favorably to a different artist, like Sie7e, María Mulata or Orishas, I am able to search for more music from that artist; if I need music videos about Sevilla, they are there, too. If you would like to view the database, here is the actual document that you may access without visiting my wikispace, Spanish Music Database 2 (version 1) . Also, if you have favorite artists or songs, please share them with me! Since I use music every single day with my students, I am always searching for more.
Updated again with suggestions from @karacjacobs Thanks, Kara!!! Spanish Music Database 2 (version 1)
Participate, by text message, in a poll, using poll everywhere: Who is your favorite Spanish artist or what is your favorite Spanish song?
Finally, here’s a video that I just discovered today, with lyrics in Spanish and English, by Noel Schajris and John Legend.