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Using Music As A Key When Learning A Language

  •  Posted on Nov 01, 2012  by  | No Comments

Learning to play a musical instrument can change your brain.  Music training can lead to improved skills such as; listening, learning, memory, attention and literacy skills, speech and foreign language skills. Over the last twenty years researchers have made advances in the theory of language acquisition and its positive links with music.

 

According to research the neurological links between language and music are enormous but the key thing to remember is that music activates more parts of the brain than language does, on both the right and left sides of the brain. [1] It is considered to be more likely that those learning a new language will remember words or phrases when it is accompanied in a tune like form rather than if it is just heard or spoken.

 

State Opera of South Australia chief executive Timothy Sexton said that “You have to be able to hear a language; you need have that music education to tune the ear to the pitch and subtleties of a foreign language.” [2] Many people are unaware of the connection between language learning and music and therefore not actively made the connection with it but it is a critical advantage.

 
It is concluded that there should be an investment into music training perhaps in schools as particularly early music education had been shown to have wide-ranging benefits.  So perhaps if you are learning a new language and are finding it slightly too rigid and dull, why not make it fun again to reach your goal.

 

Have you used music as an advantage whilst learning a language?

 
[1] http://www.everydaylanguagelearner.com/2012/01/30/language-learning-tip-use-music-learn-foreign-language/

[2] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/music-the-key-to-learning-language/story-fn9d2mxu-1226507858819

 
 

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