Music and Learning

Music has long been considered an innovative teaching modality for researchers and educators alike. Research dating back to 1978 conducted by Donald Mahler suggests that, “Music has significant implications for the teaching-learning process in special education.” Mahler also states that increased hemispherical differentiation and school left-brain (logic, language, critical thinking) emphasis (as opposed to right-brain functions which include intuition, creativity, reading emotions, facial recognition, music), beginning music early and continuing it frequently is important in curricular and extracurricular achievement. In addition to music providing repeated opportunities for language learning for younger children, incorporating music and/or rhythms while studying assists older children in the acquisition of concepts. I am including some of my favorite songs, albums, and music applications below; I typically incorporate music that supports a specific set of skills to provide additional linguistic, literary, and/or academic information. I often use tunes/rhythms from common songs and change the lyrics to teach a specific task (e.g., The Farmer and the Dell, Bingo, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). For children who are having difficulty learning a concept via one modality, music may provide an additional modality for skill acquisition.

Tanya’s Tunes:

Song: Animal Action 1 & 2 (Greg and Steve) (Ages 2-4)

Song: The Body Rock (Greg and Steve) (Ages 2-4)

Song: We Are the Dinosaurs (The Laurie Berkner Band) (Ages 2-4)

Song: Sammy (Hap Palmer) (Ages 2-4)

Song: Say the Opposite-Extended Version (Hap Palmer) (Ages 3-5)

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out (The Wiggles) (Ages 2 & 3)

Album: We All Live Together (Volumes 2-4) (Greg and Steve) (Ages 2-5)

Album: Learning Basic Skills Through Music (Volumes 1 & 2) (Hap Palmer) (Ages 2-5)

Album: States & Capitals (Kidzup) (Ages 5+)

Application: ZoozBeat (Ages 6+, as applicable)

 

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