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Headline: Practice: Additional Strategies

Using Music in Lessons

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Music surrounds us. We turn to it in our homes and in our cars; we sing it on our playgrounds and in our choirs; we hear it in the whisper of the wind through the trees. Music energizes us, moves our bodies to the rhythm of a beat, enlightens us, makes us happy or sad. Music heals us. Through chants and songs, music can actually bring us back into balance so we experience greater well-being, increased energy, and better health. Music is a dynamic force which has profound implications in an educational setting.

Music is an activity that engages the whole brain. Traditionally, schools have taught to the left brain--the logical, linear side-- which is poorer at memory storage than the right side. Since music uses both sides of the brain, it allows us to put information into our long-term memory more easily.

Additionally, music helps create a relaxed, comfortable learning environment. Few of us would disagree with the idea that when we feel good--when we are in a calm, relaxed state --we are more receptive to learning; so we learn better. Music helps us reduce stress, enhance our sense of well-being, and activate our minds.

Are there certain kinds of music that create a more effective learning environment? According to the work of Georgi Lozanov, both classical and baroque music are the most conducive to linking learning with music. Terry Wyler Webb, in his book, Accelerated Learning with Music, says that both classical and baroque music "...produce the right frequencies and sounds which harmonize the functioning of the body and the brain." At the back of these cards, we've listed several pieces of classical and baroque music which have proven to be effective in teaching.

We have discovered at least three ways music can be used in tutoring sessions:

1.  To create a relaxed and comfortable learning environment.

2.  To be used with guided imagery exercises.

3.  To reinforce and review concepts presented in the tutoring session.

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