Using German Music in the German Classroom

Music and songs as a learning tool

Falco CD
Falco's Greatest Hits CD.

Deutsche Musik - Introduction

German music and songs can teach both culture and vocabulary in an enjoyable way. Most teachers of German have learned about the power of a good song and how it can grab their students' attention in ways not otherwise possible. Many students themselves have discovered German rap or other kinds of German music (which ranges from classical to heavy metal), and teachers can take advantage of this to help students learn more German.

(See the cloze exercises and other SONG ACTIVITIES below.)

Resources and Links
The pages and links below are divided into these categories: LYRICS, RESOURCES, ARTISTS & GROUPS, and SONG ACTIVITIES. You'll find information about German-speaking artists and their songs, plus song lyrics in German and English. You may be surprised at the great variety of contemporary music coming out of German-speaking Europe today, but the older pop classics shouldn't be neglected either. However, the choices are up to you and your students. Happy listening!

LYRICS and SONGS

German Song Lyrics
Dual-language song texts in German and English - for songs in categories from Christmas to German rap.


Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" is just one of the Austrian classics you'll find here.

Deutsche Schlager: German Goldies for Beginners
German oldies and "Evergreens" are ideal for the classroom.


Songs and artists - from German oldies to German rap, from the Beatles to Udo Lindenberg.

German National Anthem - Deutschlandlied
Culture, history, and vocabulary--all wrapped up in Germany's anthem.

German Songs for Children
German and English lyrics for Kinderlieder and German Christmas carols.


This German rap song is a great way to learn the alphabet and some common German abbreviations.


Who says the Germans have no sense of humor? Elmar Brandt's satiric "Steuersong" lampoons German chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

RESOURCES

Downloading German Songs from iTunes
A guide to finding and getting German music from Apple's iTunes service for Mac and PCs


What do you know about the current German music scene? Here's a look at today's trends.

Top Picks: German Music CDs
Some suggestions for German music CDs.

The Beatles in German
The Beatles recorded several songs in German!


Helpful guidelines for selecting German music.

Deutsche Schlager: German Goldies for Beginners
German oldies and "Evergreens" are ideal for the classroom.

ARTISTS - GROUPS


Most Beatles fans know that the Fab Four polished their craft in Germany in the early 1960s, but did you know that the first commercial recording the Beatles ever released was partly in German?

The Beatles in German
More about the Beatles and German!

Rammstein für Deutschlernende
Learn more about this controversial German group and their heavy-metal songs.


"Herbie's" MENSCH album is one of his best, but there's much more.


Johnny Cash has several German connections, including a few songs he recorded in German.

Hildegard Knef - "Die Knef"
Her smoky voice and classic songs are a legend.


The long and continuing career of Germany's best-known rocker and leader of the "Panikorchester."

Die Prinzen
With 14 gold records, six platinums, and over five million recordings sold, the "Princes" are one of the most popular German pop bands of all time.

SONG ACTIVITIES


Vocabulary exercises for the Udo Lindenberg song "Horizont."


Vocabulary exercises for the Herbert Grönemeyer song "Mensch."

"MfG" Abbreviations Quiz
Test yourself on the abbreviations used in this rap song by Die Fantastischen Vier.