I have found several online alarm clocks that use Youtube videos, so the possibilities are endless!
To begin class
I figure that I will set one alarm when we begin our bell ringer. Students will know that once the song ends, there bell ringer better be done! I've decided that I am going to use my last name to my advantage and use the Harry Potter score as my bell ringer music because it is approximately five minutes long. I also think that since it is a film score without lyrics it will not be distracting as the students work. (Added bonus it will get the kids feeling like hers before class starts!)
A few other good options for an opening class song:
Pirates of the Caribbean
My Heart Will go on Instrumental
Because I have the students break out into learning groups so often and/or switch desks to different stations, I needed some short songs for transition. I figure that theme songs would be a great tool for this time!
Some options for short theme songs for transitions:
Bill Nye the Science Guy
The Real Ghostbusters Cartoon
Alvin and the Chipmunks
During exit ticket time I would like to have another instrumental piece to play so students know how long they have. I found these great violinists on Youtube that cover current popular songs and I think they would be perfect for this time!
During the last 2 or so minutes of class when students are picking up or packing up, I thought this would be a good time to have some educational songs so that the time is not wasted.
Tour the United States
The 44 Presidents
Tour the world (this would take two days)
School House Rock Videos!
I am super excited about using music transitions in my classroom this year. Have any of you used music as a transition piece before? If so, what did you use and how did it go?