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3rd March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

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INTELLI-TUNES by Ron and Nancy Brown share compelling information on how teachers can use music to learn science and math concepts in their classroom.

Why Use Music to Teach Children?

Music is a universal language central to every culture of the world. It has been used to entertain, communicate, educate, inspire, and instill a sense of social and communal understanding. Rhyme, rhythm, song and movement have historically been used as powerful teaching tools that have infused the values, mores and customs of cultures and societies. Research evidence now suggests that the musical arts are central to the cognitive process and dramatically impact the functions and systems responsible for all learning.

The human body  is more than 70% water. It is a perfect conductor of vibration. Rhythmic patterns and sound waves have profound effects on the body and emotional states. Isolated tones, scales and simple tonal sequences have all been found to have an energizing effect on the body. Music changes the metabolism, affecting muscular energy by raising or lowering blood pressure. The heart, which normally beats between 70-80 times per minute, can be regulated by listening to faster or slower tempos.

Music reduces mental fatigue, calms tension, focuses thinking and greatly impacts creativity and sensitivity. Listening to music also stimulates the release of endorphins which are produced in the brain to relieve pain and produce a euphoric state.

Normal brain wave function generally falls into the category of BETA. Music can evoke the more relaxed ALPHA and THETA brain wave states which are more conducive to memory and enhanced creativity. Specific selections of music can therefore be utilized to set the tone for discovery and learning in the classroom. Educators are now beginning to understand the vast implications of music as a powerful teaching tool!

Learning through music is extremely effective because it is completely brain compatible. It stimulates and unifies cognitive function and automatically touches three of the four modalities through which the brain processes information. Music is auditory, kinesthetic/tactile (movement), and tactual (elicits emotion). When song lyrics are made available in the printed form, music also taps the visual modality. Music provides meaning and relevance to the learning process through its inherent emotion and patterning. Songs, poems, rhymes, and raps can thus become incredibly effective vehicles for long term and cumulative learning.

Consider this! More than 80% of all the information processed by the brain comes in through our ears. Our daily lives are naturally filled with rhymes, rhythms and mnemonics. We commonly access specific stored information with mental strategies such as: Thirty days hath September… Red sky in the morning….and ROY G. BIV (colors of the rainbow). These techniques can therefore be invaluable resources for remembering and recalling information.

Advertisers have used musical techniques for years. Their jingles and clever rhythmic patterns are created specifically to help us remember their products. Can you recall the ingredients of a Big Mac? “Two all beef patties…” or “Winston tastes good…” (Does it really?) How about “Yo quero, Taco…” or “Got Milk?” Through repeated rehearsal, rhythmic data is naturally stored in the memory for later retrieval, even if it sometimes something you really don’t care to remember.

If merchandisers can get consumers to focus and remember, why can’t educators use a rap, chant, poem, or song to teach skills, concepts or even learning standards? The regular use of music would therefore become an incredibly powerful delivery system for processing and storing information.

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