Music

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Music, similar to twitter is another overlooked resource that could be used more frequently in classes. Earlier I blogged about maybe using five minutes at the end of class to listen to allow class to rest. Why not use music?

At the end of a long class – both teacher and student will be frazzled. Though this may sound disheartening frazzled is a good word to use as it generally means there has been great amount achieved. However, it can leave teachers and students alike feeling drained.

Music is excellent at allowing people to relax or energise.

Additionally it should not be overlooked the importance of study music for students that find it difficult to concentrate or even are subjected to a noisy study environment.

I have a long list of songs I think can help to relax and motivate a class or individual students – but each class is different thus I’ve found this helpful ten tips to help you pick which you think can help your class or you study. https://www.examtime.com/blog/music-for-studying/

If at this stage you’re still sceptical read through the results found by these researchers. It may make you want to give it a try.

A research team reports that early music training dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.
(From Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine)

A two-year Swiss study involving 1,200 children in 50 schools showed that students involved in the music program were better at languages, learned to read more easily, showed an improved social climate, showed more enjoyment in school, and had a lower level of stress than non-music students.
(Weber, E.W., Spychiger, M. & Patry, J.L. (1993))


Academic Articles

  1. Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine
  2. Weber, E.W., Spychiger, M. & Patry, J.L. (1993)
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