It’s that time again: March Madness! For the college basketball fan, March is a huge deal of non-stop games that culminate in the college basketball championship at the end of the month. For the world language teacher, it’s a great opportunity to work more authentic music into any and all levels!
This will be my 3rd round of Musical March Madness, and it is my students’ favorite time of year – and that is no exaggeration. We listen to music pretty regularly regardless, but this is a special occasion that everyone looks forward to during the school year. And, to be completely honest? It also gives me a little bit of a break on having to craft 4 different levels of 50-minute lesson plans during one of the hardest months of the year (for me, anyway). I can take the same activities and use them in every level!
Typically I do a 16-song bracket, but as we have testing in March this year, and I will be absent a couple of days this month for various personal-life things, I’ve reduced it to 12 songs. I picked based on titles and artists that my students have enjoyed listening to over the years – however, the majority are not songs that they’ve heard before.
Please bear in mind that I also teach mostly levels 3, 4 and AP and therefore I feel comfortable choosing songs that have more mature themes. Know your clientele and make the choices that are right for you (and them!).
La Manie Musicale de Mars 2017
Soprano – Barman vs Willy William feat Keen’V – On s’endort
Vianney – Je m’en vais vs Fréro Délavega – Mon petit pays
LEJ – Seine Saint Denis Style vs Coeur de Pirate – Ensemble
Louane – Jeune vs Margaux Avril – Lunatique
Christophe Maé – La Parisienne vs Claudio Capeo – Un homme debout
Black M – Je suis chez moi vs Maitre Gims – Ma beauté
I’m excited to see who the winner is!