Listening to Learn: Using Songs in the Classroom to Enhance Skill Acquisition for Counselors-in-Training

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The author discusses the use of music as a dynamic and practical learning platform to enhance skill acquisition for counselors-in-training. Rationale regarding the use of contemporary songs to facilitate skill development in the classroom is provided. Notions related to creatively engaging learners, neuroscience, enriching self-awareness, and embracing diverse expression is integrated within this rationale. A user-friendly 5-Step practical guide outlining specific strategies for using songs in the classroom to develop counseling skills is offered. Concrete examples depicting the acquisition of microskills for counselors-in-training are presented within this guide. Lastly, a playlist of diverse contemporary songs is supplied for instructors to apply these practical strategies meaningfully and creatively in the classroom (see Appendix).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Counselor education
  • counselors-in-training
  • creativity in counseling
  • diversity
  • experiential
  • listening
  • microskills
  • music
  • self-awareness
  • skill acquisition
  • songs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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