As the president and founder of Open Mind Technologies, Inc., in Columbia, MO, Willy Wood serves as an educational consultant to educators and school districts, helping to develop effective classroom techniques for learning. Willy Wood also co-authored the book, “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Classroom: Using Music to Manage Mood, Energy, and Learning.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Classroom takes a look into how educators can change the environment of the classroom by using music to create a positive learning atmosphere. In the book, the author shows that music can improve a student’s mood, providing them with greater energy along with being able to retain more and focus on the lessons more effectively.
In The Rock ‘n’ Roll Classroom, the authors address issues such as customizing playlists to increase focus and reduce stress according to the specific purpose, tips for easy access to music choices, anecdotes and examples of how other educators have used music to improve the environment in their classroom, and sample ideas from various grade levels.