Inside: Música miércoles in Spanish class. What is música miércoles, why to do música miércoles, and ready to go música miércoles resources for Spanish class.
My first popular post on this blog was about baile viernes, our routine of starting every Friday dancing to a Spanish song. So, I decided to go into more detail with baile viernes‘ older sister – música miércoles. This is a routine that I created during my first year of teaching in 2012-2013. Yes, I know the name is not correct, but it was created by my students that year and stuck. Here are other Classroom Routines in Spanish class
What is Música miércoles?
Música miércoles (music Wednesday) is starting class by watching a music video (or lyrics video for those with inappropriate videos) of a current or classic song in Spanish. It can then include answering questions or talking about the song in Spanish. Years ago I started a Youtube playlist to keep class favorites organized, and it is now huge! There are many other playlists on my Youtube now as well.
First, each week I picked either a favorite song of mine or one from Billboard Latino Top 100. I am always on the lookout for new music on Pinterest and Twitter as well, especially current and relevant, such as an upcoming World Cup or film. Then these videos get inserted into an editable Google Slideshow, along with the artist, title, and a couple of discussion questions.
I used to scramble each Wednesday morning trying to find a new song to add to my slides, but over the years I started putting together many at the start of the semester, to you know be a little more prepared. 🙂 The first paid resource I actually ever posted was the OG Música miércoles. Now you can see I have dozens of ready to go music resources. So no, there is no need to start that first resource (unless you really like throwbacks from 2013). If I was starting this year I would get 2021 Música miércoles or if you want TONS of options Música miércoles Growing BUNDLE.
Why do Música miércoles?
In my first year of teaching, one of my biggest successes was música miércoles. Because of this tradition, many students’ favorite day of the week became Wednesday, as shared in their friday feedback. Week after week students would enter saying “Yeah, we get to listen to music today!” “Whooo, música miércoles!” I think this is because many students enjoy listening to music, and think they get to “waste” class time doing so. What they do not realize is this “waste” has the following benefits to them.
Benefits of Música miércoles
- Listening to the Spanish language through song
- Exposing them to new genres and artists of Spanish speaking music
- Learning the geography of where the artists are from
- Hearing different accents and slang from various parts of the world
- Getting catchy music stuck in their head
- Cultivating an interest in new music, enough to start their own Spanish Pandora station at home
- Bringing up cultural similarities and differences
- Making learning Spanish fun
- Having students excited to come to Spanish class
How to take music in Spanish class even further?
The students enjoyed doing activities surrounding music so much during my first year that sometimes the entire class period was dedicated to music on Wednesday. (Especially since due to Wednesday’s short class period that year due to Mass, homeroom, and early release all fall on this day meaning around 27 minute class periods. After watching a video and talking about a little, there would barely be any time to do anything else anyway, so why not go deeper into the music?)
If you are going to spend the whole class period on a song each week, work to plan songs that would go with each levels’ unit of study. Typically, I pick one song each week (for ease & planning sake) to show all levels and vary the questions I ask each class. Also, check out What to do with a song in Spanish class & 15 Ways to Use Authentic Music in Spanish Class
Chat about the music!
*Update – now have music question cards to help support students chatting about music. It includes 56 different questions related to music. The music task cards include the following types of questions.
- General personalized questions chatting about music.
- Basic questions to discuss any song in Spanish.
- Questions to compare songs for a music bracket. (See below for links)
- Intermediate level questions to discuss any song in Spanish.
More ways to Mix it up with Music
- **Try Hispanic Heritage Music Madness Fall Music Bracket using Hispanic Heritage Month #6 2021 or the growing Hispanic Heritage Month Song Bundle
- **Or try a Spring March Music Bracket using the new 2021 Music Bracket (for HS) or for Middle/Elementary School Music bracket for YOUNGER Spanish class 2021 or the growing Music Brackets for Spanish Class – March Growing Bundle
Intentionally diversify your representation
- Afro-latinx – BUNDLE
- Afro-latino del día 3, Afro-latino del día 2 & Afro-latino del día
- Indigenous Peoples in Spanish class – music resource
- Baile viernes Bundle, the newest Baile viernes 2021, or the more conservative Baile viernes for middle school.
Other Music resources from Mis Clases Locas you might enjoy
- Mis Clases Locas Mega Music Bundle
- Música miércoles Growing BUNDLE.
- For younger students or more conservative schools, I have Música for middle school & Música for Elementary Spanish
Originally posted June 25, 2014, by Allison Wienhold