By: Annika Kirtley, Contributing Writer
Mrs. Julie Exendine, the Spanish teacher at Centralia High School, incorporates a variety of music into her classes.
March Música Madness (MMM) is much like the basketball March Madness that we are all used to, except with Hispanic music!
MMM uses 16 Spanish songs from the last year that were the most popular. The songs are selected by the number of views they have on YouTube, the number of listeners on Spotify and the number of followers on social media. The song/artist that has the most views, listeners and followers are put into a bracket for the MMM.
This is the third year incorporating the bracket into her classes. Each student fills out a MMM bracket and each class period they listen to two songs that are involved in the bracket. Exendine originally found the idea on Instagram and was inspired to incorporate it into her classes. “It is a great activity to break up some of the routines in the spring when things start to get repetitive and gives students something to look forward to each day in March,” Exendine explained.
Students enjoy participating in MMM because it opens a door to new music for them. Kenzie McCollum, a student in Spanish III, has participated in MMM every year. “I enjoy participating in March Música Madness because it helps us be involved and see more of the Spanish culture,” McCollum commented. Exendine plans to continue to include the March Música Madness bracket into her curriculum. “I love that it gets them excited to listen to Spanish and hopefully take the time to learn what they are listening to!”