- I took some of the CDs (these old music things some of you probably don't have many of :) and I ripped the music from them that I wanted in my music library.
- I bought some AWESOME new tunes on iTunes specifically for school (List will be included below.).
- I created the following 9 playlists: Beth's Inspiration (just for me and my planning time), Classical, Country, Dance, Friendship/Love (this includes all the fun, encouraging music I can play at any time during class), Jamaican Fun (inspired by my vacation last year - the kiddos seemed to love it), Pop, Rock/Metal, Upbeat Fun.
- I bought my new music (I set my budget at $25, otherwise I would never stop.), which included some songs I had been wanting and others I got from a list I came across during my googling ;)
- Added songs I already owned, and to be fair, ones my husband and children owned, to the playlists.
- Synced my iPod to my school laptop so I can either use iTunes from there, or the iPod at school.
Warning: Be very careful to check lyrics before exposing students to certain songs. There are LOTS of songs I was not able to include, due to poor Word Choice :( Here are just some of the many, many songs I either already had, or added last week. I hope they INSPIRE you this week!
"All You Need Is Love" and "Here Comes The Sun" - The Beatles (many of their songs are included)
"Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves
"You've Got a Friend in Me" - Randy Newman and "You've Got a Friend" - James Taylor
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin
"Give a Little Love" - Ziggy Marley
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey and "Don't Stop" - Fleetwood Mac
"All Star" - Smash Mouth and "Stars" by Switchfoot
"We are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" - Queen
"Firework" - Katy Perry
"Who Says" - Selena Gomez
"Shine" and "I Am" - Hilary Duff
"Hold on Tight" - ELO
"The Story" - Brandi Carlile
"Ride," "Anyway," and "Over the Rainbow" (I love her version.) - Martina McBride
"Beautiful" - Mercy Me and "Beautiful" - Christina Aguilara
"Stand by Me" - Ben E. King and "Lean on Me" (I got a new version from the Glee cast!)
"ABC" - Jackson 5
"Jump" - Van Halen
"Live Out Loud" - Steven Curtis Chapman
"Get On Your Feet" - Gloria Estefan
"We Got the Beat" - The Go-Go's
"Pocket Full of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield
"Y.M.C.A" - Village People
"Life is Good" - Kenny Chesney
"Stand" and "My Wish" - Rascal Flatts
"Time of Your Life" - Green Day
"Chicken Dance," "Macarena," "Cha-Cha Slide" (You got it - dances!)
I could go on, and on, and on, but you get the point - now go buy some music!