Birds, Music, Classroom Management

No one has ever put together music with nature’s music like Robert J. Lurtsema.

If you love classical music and lived in eastern New England  from the 1970s to the 1990s, Robert J woke you every morning with these incredible sounds.

He used his own recordings of birds to create a soundscape using, in this case, Ancient Airs and Dances Suite by Ottorino Respighi. At the 5:15 mark, notice the fade from birdsong to Respighi.

Set the mood for your students to settle themselves, focus their minds, and to start the day’s journey on a calm, thoughtful note.



Thanks to John Lester at


An Education Spring “Why Not?”

Your students take forever to settle down and start the Do Now. Or you wish there was something new to add to that unit on European history. Maybe there’s a certain dullness today that needs a spark.

Try an Education Spring Why Not?—a semi-serendipitous drop of shine in your students’ day. They learn something new. It activates energy. And you all have fun.

Here’s Francois Couperin’s (1688-1733) Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins, a three minute piece of joy: