If your kids want to listen to their favourite songs and refuse to do their homework, don’t rush into getting angry and punishing them.
A new study has shown that music and foreign languages aren’t mutually exclusive.
In fact, there are a lot of researches that have proved that music has a huge impact on the brain. Benefits of playing a musical instrument and healing power of music therapy are those things that have drawn my attention to this particular research.
The new study found a strong positive link between musical training and language performance. Those who listen to music on a regular basis increase their ability to perceive different sounds, distinguish subtle differences in pitch and rhythm, and improve their language perception as well.
I can tell you my own personal experience. As an infant, I used to fall asleep listening to Jean Michel Jarre’s songs (that were popular at the time in Russia) in my father’s arms. Then, the tracklist of my childhood was completed with Enigma songs. Somehow, I see a correlation between those experiences and the fact that our English teacher has pointed at me as an example of how one should speak English using correct intonation and pitch level. That’s why I love blogging. What a wonderful opportunity to brag about your academic “achievements” while reporting the news!
In the future, scientists hope to “further customize the study to run different variations of the training to see if [they] can design musical exercises that help tune people’s ears specifically to learn certain languages.”
Now a new era is coming and we know that. The era of teaching across disciplines. Educators are trying to mix arts and STEM together to enhance the teaching process and raise students’ achievements. So, why don’t we meld music and language learning?