Does listening to music enhance the learning process?
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Yes, the use of music can support the learning process in many ways.
Nursery rhymes, counting songs, the alphabet song - all are examples of the use of music to help with learning and remembering information. The repeated rhythms used in such tunes and the addition of rhyming words or movements to incorporate more than one modality into the learning process are all enhancements used to support the learning process from our youngest experiences.
As students get older, the music may become more complicated but the benefits are still present. Techniques to memorize long lists of factual data frequently draw from musical activities, such as when students make up original lyrics to a familiar tune to help with remembering information. Research has shown that some persons are able to retain information that has become associated in their memory with certain works of music; for example, upon hearing a particular piece of music, the subject being studied is recalled.
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