How Music Stimulates Learning

It is a known fact that music can be used to stimulate learning. Just look at the faces of young children especially the way they respond to music in a learning environment. This is one of reasons why kids learn their ABC’s so well – the fact that it is taught initially as a song.

The popular book, The Mozart Effect is partially responsible for the growing acceptance that music aids in learning. According to the author, Don Campbell, when children listen to some types of music it helps them to learn better.

Boy Learning Music

Boy Learning Music

A 2003 article on the BBC News website, reported that researchers from Hong Kong “found that children who are given musical training have better verbal memories than those who have not had lessons.”

It is believed that music aids in the development of motor skills and language development. In fact there have been studies that claim that there is a definite link between early reading development and music and rhythm.

Music aids in the learning process by doing a number of things. Some of these include:

  • Getting students into a learning frame of mind. With music children get excited and more alert and therefore in the mood for learning.
  • Music helps to create a climate more conducive to training
  • Music is universal and is a great form of non-verbal communication

In fact, some teachers depend heavily on music in their teaching. Popular choices of music for learning include classical music, nursery rhymes and even popular music of the time.

A number of studies also indicate that music not only stimulates the brains of babies and children, but adults as well. So let the music play.

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