April 7, 2014 by bhavani.jois Leave a Comment Music is a powerful tool and as seen can dramatically improve and enrich everybody. Sign-up to receive our offers and updates and be the first to hear about what's happening at Sa Sangeetha Academy. Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. Children that start learning a musical instrument before the age of seven develop their motor skills faster than others, claim Canadian scientists. As experts at the Concordia University in Montreal say, it shows that at the age of 6-8 music education interacts with the growth rate of motor skills in children, causing long-term changes in the brain. With the help of imaging techniques, the researchers studied the brain of 36 musicians during the execution of (non-musical) motor skills exercises. The results showed that volunteers who had begun to learn music early showed greater accuracy in synchronizing their movements than the others. In contrast, tests of the volunteers who started learning music later and those who had never learned music did not show any difference in the development of specific areas of the brain.
Of course, the scientists emphasize that it does not mean that if a small child begins to learn music, he will necessarily become a great composer of classical music. Learning music as an absolute beginner can be frustrating if you do not know where to start. There are many more scales and chords to learn, but any beginner can start with C and create some nice results. In early December I was pleased to be able to meet today’s guest author Susanna Zaraysky for lunch here in Istanbul. The neurological links between language and music are vast but the basic thing to remember is that music activates more parts of the brain than language does, on both the right and left sides of the brain. Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you haven’t heard in a decade and you surprise yourself by singing all the lyrics? Music and catchy jingles can stick in our minds for years while names of people, places,  verb conjugation charts and memorized data disappear. Just yesterday, I was writing an email to someone in Spanish and telling him that I needed to dust off my Thai cookbook to remember the recipe for Thai coconut milk soup for a Lunar New Year party with my friends. My words about Thai coconut milk soup were not as poetic or romantic as the words from the song, but it was my memory of the song lyrics that made me think of the word “desempolvar” in Spanish.
What happens when you hear something in a song is that you are opening yourself up to the greater global picture of the language. Songs are awakening the language capacity of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who suffered brain damage caused by a bullet that passed through the left side of her brain, causing her to lose expressive speech. If songs can help someone with brain injuries regain speaking abilities, then music can help everyone else learn languages. Watch this video to understand the fundamentals of how to listen to a foreign language to learn. After listening to the song(s) several time to get used to its sounds and melody, students write the lyrics of the songs while listening. If you can’t locate the lyrics on the lyrics websites, just type in the name of the song in quotes in a web search. If you don’t think that Sesame Street is actually a viable option for anyone over the age of five, think again. Note: Sesame Street has various international versions available on You Tube from Russia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Palestine, Jordan, Bangladesh, Japan, India and France. Ready to get serious about learning another language?Enter your email to get resources and updates from The Everyday Language Learner.
I had a Hungarian guy working for me a few years ago in Ireland who had atrociously bad English, yet when he sang English songs on his guitar you would have thought he was an American. I am involved in 2 European funded projects that are also using music in language learning. Good music can fascinate you enough to convince you to learn the language of its country of origin.
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Desperate because mastering the English language will open up new doors of opportunity for them, for their families.
I think we can start a grass roots movement of free information that a new system for language building can be built upon. Extra-curricular activities – so many to choose from and so little time to do them all. Given the level of noise in the environment we live in, being able to filter out the background noise and listen in on the important matter is clearly an important skill in life.
Children learning music don’t only develop the skills directly related to learning an instrument (such as auditory discrimination and finger dexterity) but they also have improved verbal ability and visual pattern completion. Children who received at least three years of instrumental music training outperformed their control counterparts on two outcomes closely related to music (auditory discrimination abilities and fine motor skills) and on two outcomes distantly related to music (vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills). Get the latest from Figur8 delivered straight to your inbox so you'll never miss an update! Nurture for the future is about developing the whole child - heart, mind and body - so that they grow up to become happy, confident and successful adults. Dr Shen-Li Lee is a freelance writer and mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her ongoing study in child development and education.
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It makes sense to push music education and to allow young generations to gain these wonderful benefits – higher intelligence through increased creative thinking, problem solving and physically stronger brains, a higher perception of life including better attitudes, strong desires to achieve and fulfill and higher self esteem, better developed discipline, study skills, concentration, communication and team skills which transfer from education through to career and a better understanding of communities and society. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. The brain scans revealed white matter accumulated in corpus, a bundle of nerve fibers which connect the motor regions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This, as the researchers say, could mean that these changes can take place either at an early age or never. I truly wish I had learned a musical instrument before I was 7 years old, as I tried later in Life, and it is a lot harder to understand. It’s a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about knowledge, awareness and self-improvement. There is no right or wrong way for a beginner to learn, but there are simple steps that can help anyone make learning music fun. Just start at any C and move to the right, playing each white key in sequence until you have reached the next C on the keyboard.
Learning music needs to be fun, as theory and technical exercises can make it seem more like work. Although it may have taken out of schools, there are ways to re-insert it into the life of students, and these ways should be explored to create a well-rounded person. It teaches the student patience and discipline; only through practice does someone become a better musician. As he has had to learn his skills the hard way, he knows how hard it was for others to learn their skills. Piano lessons in Davis CA are easy to find; it is a college town with access to a lot of pianists looking to barter their skills, as well as a number of professional piano instructors. Yet sometimes it feels like I am talking to the wall when I tell people how lyrical songs can help people learn language. So if you remember something to a tune, you are more likely to recall the information than if you just read it or heard it spoken.
Then when you learn what the words mean by using a dictionary or reading the translation of the lyrics or just guessing from the context, you are putting the puzzle of the language together. As you can see in this ABC News special report about her recovery,  songs are helping the former Arizona Congresswoman regain her speech. After listening to songs, Representative Giffords remembers the words from songs that she previously could not say. This five minute video can save you many hours of painful work later on to polish your accent. Paul Sulzberger, did his PhD thesis in linguistics in New Zealand about how people learn Russian. Seriously, it’s not uncommon to find language teachers who aren’t familiar with contemporary music in the language they are teaching and play old songs that don’t resonate to their student’s ears. The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California which trains staff from all branches of the United States military in different languages shows Sesame Street in Arabic to its Arabic language students. The best way to find the videos in those languages is to do a search for Sesame Street and the name of the country or language.
This is an approach I’ve taken with Irish (I started teaching myself a few weeks ago). I think the reason is that they are not consciously making a link between their singing in their target language and their speech. As a teacher of Spanish and French, I try to use music in my lessons as often as I can because my students really enjoy it.
Unfortunately this year, I had less hours to teach and had to follow a curriculum, so I didn’t have enough lesson time to repeat this experience. I agree that music is powerful and should be used as ofen as possible for learning or improvenig languages.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what your child likes best and what your child is willing to sacrifice his precious time for. In Mind in the Making, one of the seven esssential life skills is perspective taking – the ability to understand what others are thinking and feeling. 4-6 years olds with only one month of musical training had increased verbal intelligence showing that early music training is also advantageous.
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I think when you are young, you tend to embrace things more, as everything is more magical and exciting to a young person. Starting on the note C and playing the next six white keys to the right will form the C major scale.
A basic C chord is played by placing the thumb on a C, the middle finger on an E, and the pinky on the G. The great thing about learning how to play chords and melodies in C is that pretty much any white key melody will work over any white key chord progression.
The practice must be done on a daily basis in order to gain any advantage, at least at the beginning; it requires discipline to set the routine and then to follow through on it. The areas for music are apparently wired for math as well, so the music student gets a little bit better at math through music lessons. When you are shopping for a piano instructor make sure that you interview, asking about his experience in terms of music and teaching. I speak seven languages and listening to lyrical music in these languages was fundamental to my being able to copy the melody of these languages and remember pronunciation and vocabulary. If you start with the puzzle pieces (grammar rules, conjugation charts, vocabulary lists, etc), you may end up using those puzzle pieces as a sleeping pill rather than as means to learning the language.


If you listen first to your target language, before speaking, you have a better chance of having good pronunciation.
He had one group of students who got to listen to Russian speech before formally learning Russian. Some words will be hard to write because they may be idioms or slang that you haven’t learned yet, but just write as much as they can understand.
If GI Joe and GI Jane can learn to speak al- arabi with the Arabic equivalent of the Cookie Monster, then so can you! If you know the name of the program in the specific language, like Plaza Sesamo in Spanish, then use that name in your search on You Tube.
I spent the entire first week just listening to TV and radio in Irish Gaeilge to tune my ears before opening my mouth.
If teachers don’t make the connection for students, not all students will realize that songs can effect their spoken and written language.
Even if you can’t work on songs in class, you can have your students find songs they like, decipher them and sing them in class for extra credit and do a presentation to the class explaining what the song is about and what they learned. It’s wonderful that kids in Europe are getting such early musical exposure to foreign languages. If you are looking for an extra-curricular activity that will provide your child additional advantages, you should seriously consider music lessons. Indeed most studies on the beneficial effects of music usually examine individuals who have had many years of musical training. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe. The benefits, in terms of mastering an instrument, take a long time to acquire, and it takes patience to endure to see those benefits. This is definitely a nice advantage; it can also lead to the student trying new things, expanding their own repertoire of skills as he encounters new techniques and attempt to do those new techniques on his own. This means that a long-term music student is going to have better grades in school, giving him a better chance at success.
Let yourself breathe in the language with music so you can get a rhythmic introduction to the language. If you launch into speaking from Day One, you are likely to be speaking with a poor accent and it will be hard to rewire your brain later on to produce different sounds after you may have solidified your speaking patterns. This is especially important for visual learners because they can see the story being told by the lyrics and better understand what the song is about and match their new vocabulary to the images on the screen. Compare the lyrics they noted down with the original song lyrics that you will provide them and see how well you were able to understand the song.
I don’t know if the Arabic Cookie Monster eats baklava or cookies, but his message can reach you.
The challenge in the US, where I live, is to expose children and adults to foreign language media as almost all of our radio and TV broadcasts are in English. I have seen amzing results and believe that music should be part of every curriculum in all educational systems. Independence from the system is possible, but  a revolution in language education needs to take place. Since many children are unlikely to persist with long term musical training, parents may wonder about the benefit of learning music at all. Individuals who are more discerning to voice changes will be better off at perspective taking. Because of this simple layout, the piano can be used to learn the basic principles of music which will then carry over into other instruments. Obviously these are traits that have applications outside the sphere of music; few endeavors will not benefit from the application of discipline and patience.
Respect for the efforts others put into his work and being able to be inspired are not bad things to see someone acquire. Overall, this means that even a few months of music lessons is helpful for any career that the student may choose, and those benefits only increase as long as the student continues to do music.
Those who spent time listening to Russian before studying it, had an easier time than those who had no experience listening to the language when it came to recognizing individual words in speech when they were formally learning the language. A new study reveals that even a little bit of music training in childhood can have beneficial long term effects on the function of the adult brain.
They have better early communication skills, they smiled more, they were easier to soothe, and they were less distressed when things were unfamiliar or did not go their way. Children learn to sing, move, and play instruments, and have fun sharing these activities together. Your ears need no other distractions to properly hear all the high, medium and low frequencies of the language.
Therefore, the exposure to listening to the language to pick up the melody and sound patterns before learning words and grammar was advantageous to the students. Use them to break the chains of a broken system and set language learner's free to learn on their own. So even children who study a musical instrument for as little as 1-5 years are better off than children who have no musical training.



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