MUSIC MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
You have probably heard of different learning styles, for
example, Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic.
Did you know, however, that these go in cycles, so that, for example, if
your dominant learning style is Visual, there will be times of the day, the
month, year or your life when your visual learning style is very strong, times
when it is less strong. There may even
be times when your Auditory or Kinaesthetic style is dominant. We also learn with our other senses: taste,
smell, etc. In fact our visual sense
includes many senses: the perception of movement, of colour, of shape, etc,
auditory includes pitch, timbre, rhythm, volume, etc., and our sense of touch
includes our tactile sense and our kinaesthetic sense (to put it briefly, one
is an internal feeling, one is external).
What is even more important for us as we learn, however, is
the connections we make in our brains between these different learning styles
or inputs into the brain. Thus when we
look at a piece of music, we can imagine what it sounds like; when we hear a
piece of music, we can imagine what it looks like; we can imagine what it feels
like to play, which fingers move, and so on; we can make associations between
pitch and timbre or between the shape of our hand and the feeling of that shape. The more connections and associations we can
make, the better. In fact, the brain is
designed to make connections and patterns, and some say it is the only way we
In addition to the connections between the Visual, Auditory
and Kinaesthetic, there are many other connections, not least those between the
intellectual, physical and emotional.
Research has shown very clearly that learning is much stronger when
emotion is involved, and when physical movement is involved. Perhaps it is these connections and patterns
which music makes in our brains that is the reason for the strong correlation
between learning music and performing well academically.
But who needs these reasons?
Isn’t music just wonderful for its own sake?
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