Why Music?

How many of us can recall songs from our childhood, even those of another language?

There is plenty of research on how music facilitates language learning *. Music impacts both the affective (emotional) state and the cognitive (intellectual) processing of language. Neuroimaging has shown that music activates more parts of the brain (both left and right sides) than language does. Singing simple songs teaches children how language is constructed; children can learn vocabulary, phrases, and simple sentences. In addition, songs can reveal emotions and feelings which help a learner associate specific words to specific emotions. Memory is also an important aspect of language acquisition as music is an effective memory aid.

Movement and other visual aids are used in tandem with music, and can help children quickly grasp the meaning of songs. We use music and movement that creates an engaging and fun atmosphere where learning can take place.

 

* http://www.everydaylanguagelearner.com/2012/01/30/language-learning-tip-use-music-learn-foreign-language/

* http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2008/06/19/does-music-help-us-learn-langu/