Classroom Friendly Upbeat Songs

Classroom Friendly Upbeat Songs


Meet Kim Cole, 50 years old from Sellersburg, IN.
“I teach 5th Grade and music has always been a part of my classroom. One day while playing a song from someone else's playlist, a completely inappropriate song started. The not so graceful dive that I took across the classroom was ineffectual in turning my students' attention away from the song. I went looking for other playlists and suggestions from several teaching blogs and finally came to the conclusion that I could build a great I did. I've now built several more playlists including what I teasingly called a "punishment" playlist called "Mrs. Cole's Cringeworthy 80's Songs." I usually bust out my best moves and the kids all groan and laugh.”


What is the soundtrack to your life?

It changes but right now it's Tom Petty's "Southern Accents."

Favorite artist? 

Sting & the Police

If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive) 

Bob Marley

What is the best concert you have ever been to?

The Police at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY

Do you have a favorite quote?

"That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not." ~James K. Feibleman

Do you play any instruments? If not, any you would love to learn?

I played the clarinet for 3 years and I think everyone is happier that I no longer do. I'd love to learn to play the piano.

Do you have a life slogan? 

"When you know better, you do better." - Maya Angelou

What is the most annoying song in the world? 

For an elementary teacher this is a tough question. One year it's "Let It Go" and the next year it's "What Does the Fox Say." Before I taught, it was "Ice, Ice, Baby" by Vanilla Ice because to do that to Queen is just wrong!

What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why? 

I think both music and lyrics are important. I know that sounds like a cop out but I use lyrics in my classes all the time and yet some of my favorite songs do not have lyrics. The song "Hoppipolla" by Vitamin String Quartet makes me feel as calm and chilled out as "Stir it Up" by Bob Marley.