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Friday, February 18, 2011

Music and Language Learning

This morning I watched a very interesting tv programme on music therapy in NZ. It was amazing to see the kids who are obviously benefiting from music therapy and to listen to their teachers, parents, therapists talking about the change music has made to their lives. Truly inspirational!
I've always thought there's huge potential in music assisting in the learning of languages. Either as a way of relaxation and 'fine-tuning' with the tones, intonation and rhythm of a language or as a help in learning vocabulary, grammar structures, etc, through lyrics. It works both ways, I think.
I know of a couple of research projects currently in progress which are looking at the relationship between musci and language learning and there certainly must be more. I will be looking for them. In the meanwhile I have found these two articles which are both interesting and inspiring:

Does music help us learn language
Best music to listen while studying

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