Well, I always have it on when they're reading or working on an assignment, and during their tests. Sometimes when I'm lecturing I'll have it playing quiter in the background. I've even used it to make the points more dramatic. Since I've listened to the songs a million times, I like to use the Batman soundtracks, Inception, or Jurassic Park for that though. I almost use it like some inspirational speakers use the music. You know, increase my energy as the music picks up and level it off a little bit as it slows down (with the soundtrack songs).
I don't know if that makes any sense, but hopefully you know what I'm talking about. Haha
Haha I'm picking up what you're putting down. Yeah, that's actually really cool. Thanks for the ideas
And So I Watch You From Afar would be good choice. They're not really heavy, but they're loud, fast and energetic.
heh that song was one of the first that came to my mind as well
if it's for background music for students wouldn't ambient or classical be more appropriate??
do you want heavy/repetitive or something more fluid? i ask because songs that change more might be more distracting. again not sure exactly what you want based on the first post here because there is a big difference to a vocal band playing a little <2 min instrumental that has 1-2 riffs in it and a completely instrumental rock /post-metal/etc band.
this one might be good because it takes so much brainpower to pay attention to it's easy to zone out while it's playing lol
or how about Earth2, loud slow repetitive drone, should lull someone into working? maybe...
in all seriousness this is an interesting topic. i'll just make a list here:
adebisi shank - 2nd album (math rock / electronic)
battles - mirrored (electro-rock)
earth - bees made honey in the lions skull (not so much like Earth2)
focus - focus III (70s progressive rock)
grails - deep politics (progressive rock)
mono - you are there (post rock)
rachel's - sea and the bells / selenography (post rock / neo classical)
russian circles - empros (post rock / post metal)
tortoise - millions now living will never die (post rock)
are we not considering electronic/techno/ambient? i guess that's for another time, i think all the ones i posted are at least rock related...some more than others
lol boxcar racer instrumentals. that must be like 3 power chords played over and over.
Let's not forget it's 5th graders gentlemen. I never said I was playing anything super technical or advanced. It's just something my students like and I was hoping to lead them in a heavier/faster direction is all.
Thanks to those of you that left HELPFUL comments in this board
As a fellow teacher (of a similar age group), I don't know how well "heavy" music would go over. I always have music playing while my students are working independently or in groups, but it's always decidedly in the background (mostly soundtracks and ambient post-rock). "Heavier" music would, I fear, cause them to lose concentration. Maybe it varies with the subject, though (I teach math, but I could see it working during, say, a writing session).