Music and learning
Eight ways to use music for teaching and learning
1. Music relaxes the mind and lowers
stress levels that inhibit learning. When
used effectively, it increases alpha levels in the brain,
boosting memory and recall and allowing the brain to access
2. Music acts directly on the body, specifically
on metabolism and heartbeat. Listening
to certain types of music can trigger the release of
endorphins, producing a tranquil state that leads to faster
3. Music stimulates and awakens, reviving
board or sleepy learners and increasing blood and oxygen flow
to the brain.
4. Music is mathematical. Certain musical structures stimulate specialized brain
circuits, allowing learners to decode complex ideas more
5. Music inspires emotion, creating
a clear passage to long-term memory.
6. Music is a stage-changer and can be used effectively to get students into an effective
7. Music is a universal language, uniquely capable of crossing cultural barriers and training in
ethnic traditions and values. It can set a dramatic stage for
lessons in history, foreign language, sociology, political
studies and geography.
8. Music is a powerful anchor that
moors learning in memory.
These eight steps are summarized from An introduction to
The Music Revolution, by Dr. Jeannette Vos, co-author of
the world's biggest-selling book in 1999,The
Learning Revolution. That introduction is one of
many interesting articles in the "Topics" section of
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