Using Music in Lessons:
Creating Learning "Concerts"
Music can be an effective medium for reviewing
material. Georgi Lozanov, the creator of an educational program
called "Suggestopedia," discovered that one of the best ways to
take in information, to synthesize it and store it in long-term
memory, is through "Concerts." Lessons are transformed into stories
or dialogues and set to music. (Although classical and baroque
music work well, much of the "New Age" music is also very effective.)
The reading is dramatic, using different emotional tones and nuances,
which, when matched to music, make it more easily accessible to
long-term memory. Lozanov considered the concerts to be a vital
part of the learning cycle. According to Terry Wyler Webb, "Certain
types of music, combined with dynamic vocal reading, act as a
carrier signal within the brain, activating right hemisphere functions
and hence memory encoding."
The most common kind of concert is an active
one, which can be used to introduce information for the first
time or can be used to review material. Active concerts are usually
written as a dialogue or a story. The reader uses the music, pacing,
and tone to present the material. It's as though the speaker is
"surfing" on the music, using the movement to present and emphasize
ideas. (For specific instructions on creating a concert see: Accelerated
Learning with Music.)
With this set of materials, we have included
three audio tapes which are concerts. These tapes provide easy
access to some of the fundamental principles in this program.
They are a fun, successful way to learn. Please feel free to use
them as many times as you want.
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MUSIC FOR RELAXATION 6.2
CREATING LEARNING "CONCERTS" 6.3
GENERAL TIPS ABOUT USING MUSIC 6.4
Before you use music in your lessons, know it
well. Know how it changes, where the tempo picks up or where the
emotional tonality changes.
It's important to use music to support what
you're doing, but be careful that it doesn't overpower the experience.
Be very familiar with the audio equipment you
use. The more smoothly you can operate it, the more smoothly the
whole process will go.
Experiment as much as possible with combining
music with words. Find out what works for you. Give yourself plenty
of time to rehearse.
Types of Music
Accelerated Learning Systems, PO Box 140147, Dallas TX,
75214, has developed a set of classical and baroque tapes that
are used in that program. They're emphasis is on classical and
baroque music, but many modern pieces lend themselves well to
music for relaxation, guided imagery and concerts. Lane Wass in
her book, Imagine That!, recommends the works of Paul Winter,
especially Common Ground and Canyon from Living Music,
along with the work of George Winston. She also recommends Kitaro's
work, especially Tunhuang and India, as well as
Andreas Vollenweider's work, especially White Winds.