Music Helps Us Learn in Our Kindergarten (Autistic) Classroom

In addition to my Morning Circle, we also use music to learn during Math and Reading. Through years of experience as a teacher and as a parent, I strongly believe that music does help children retain information and support learning. My students have memorized facts through music and song. With routine and consistency, some students can sing some songs independently today that I introduced to them a couple of months ago.

On this PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/boost-memory-and-learning-with-music/, it includes the article:  Boost Memory and Learning with Music  by Cheri Lucas, (Education.com)  and some highlights in her article are:

Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, including a study conducted at UC Irvine, which showed that scores on memory tests of Alzheimer’s patients improved when they listened to classical music.

It’s possible, then, to use music to help your child retain information and enhance learning. Chris Brewer, founder of LifeSounds Educational Services and author of the new book Soundtracks for Learning, says sounds can help to hold our attention, evoke emotions, and stimulate visual images. “Students of all ages—that includes adults— generally find that music helps them focus more clearly on the task at hand and puts them in a better mood for learning,” says Brewer.

Brewer calls the use of music throughout the day “positive mood management” and suggests that various styles of music are appropriate for different types of activities. For instance, she recommends using upbeat popular music to motivate learning, especially songs with lyrics that encourage positive thinking. When studying, writing, or reading, play instrumental music to sustain concentration, she says. Classical music of the Baroque era, like Bach, Handel or Mozart work particularly well. “Music can help shift energy levels, too, so playing upbeat music can boost tired minds and bodies while slower, more reflective music helps calm and focus,” says Brewer.

For the complete article, see the link above.

Some songs I have included in my lessons on Opposites are on You Tube. My students enjoyed these songs and like to view the songs. They have learned some of the opposites from these songs.

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