Music In the Classroom

Research shows that musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. I use music in my classroom all the time, in many ways. I love it! Most of the music I use is readily available for download from online music sources and/or for borrowing from the Cleveland Public Library (

Bonnie Whitmer has been teaching for 34 years, 29 of which have been in the CMSD. She has taught in the primary grades, with most of her career in kindergarten. She is an Ohio Master Teacher, receiving the endorsement in 2011 and 2016. Bonnie has been a mentor teacher for the past 19 years for both Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University. Bonnie regularly works with college interns, guiding their practice as they become teachers. Bonnie is constantly attending professional development to implement the best research based learning practices with her students. She uses project-based learning and music in her instruction, and serves on the Leadership Team at her school.