Home > News > How Music Affects Learning and Online Music Tools That Can Help

How Music Affects Learning and Online Music Tools That Can Help

When most people think of music and children, they think about the modern pop songs that kids love to listen to, not how music affects learning when used in appropriate ways. When music and education is combined, it's usually only within the context of music education. The unfortunate consequence of the lack of music in the classroom is that other non-music teachers lack a powerful tool that they could use to enforce and enhance learning of other subjects throughout the day.

Science shows time and time again that music has a powerful ability to enhance brain development and improve learning skills. For example, in 2006 Science Daily reported on a Canadian based study that revealed that children trained in music also had better memory skills in areas including "literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ." In short, integrating music throughout the school day by integrating it better into classroom learning activities takes advantage of how music affects the learning progress of students.

Take Advantage of the Fact that Music Affects Learning

Any teacher that acknowledges the tremendous boost for learning that music can accomplish in the classroom already has a fair number of educational freeware resources at their disposal for integrating musical training into classroom subjects beyond a single class devoted only to music. The following tools can help teachers utilize music in a way that enforces other subjects students are actively studying, including literacy, mathematics and even history.

music affects learning


BMP-Meter is a fun application that shows you the beats per minute of any song or sound that you play on your computer speakers. It works for any music or sound that you play, including something as simple as hand-clapping. Using this application, a teacher could teach students how they could use multiplication to determine how many hand claps every 10 seconds would produce a specific BPM. And then the teacher and students could test the student calculations using the software. It's a fun and practical way to make learning math exciting and interesting.

music affects learning


The Jazz Machine is an interesting application that lets the student adjust both volume and frequency. The program generates the frequency and presents it to the student in both a visual and audible format. There's both an online version available, as well as one that you can download to your computer for free. It's a great way to teach students the science of frequency generation that extends far beyond music.

music affects learning



Note Attack is a free game by Aspire Software that you can use to easily teach notes to children. The instructions are very simple. The child listens to the sound of the note as it appears on the musical scale. The student must try to select the correct note, A through G. Select the correct note before it makes it all the way across the screen, or watch as the note disappears in a fiery explosion. The game is addictive, and it is set up in such a way that even students who have never had music lessons will eventually learn to read music. This application is one of the best examples of how music affects learning through an enjoyable process that the student believes is nothing more than a simple game.

music learning


ArtSong is an impressive musical composition application that allows the user to generate music using mathematical algorithms and computer programming. Adjust the pitch, volume an duration of each note, or generate music using the built-in algorithmic generator. This application is perfect for high school students who are first being introduced into the world of programming. By presenting the music in a way that can be controlled through software algorithms, students learn that computer programs can have real world applications.

music learning


The WolframTones music generator is best described by the tagline under the title logo which reads, "Find your music in the computational universe." This amazing online application presents the many genres of music, from classical to hip hop to jazz, in a computational and graphical format that allows the student to alter aspects of the music simply by adjusting the composition controls. By tweaking tempo, pitch settings, time controls and more, students see how mathematical settings and adjustments can transform simple sound into beautiful music.

The applications listed in this review are only a few examples of the many ways teachers and parents can use technology to integrate musical lessons into any element of the educational curriculum.


Written January 12, 2010 by Ryan Dube


Categories:
Music



User Reviews & Comments

10/11/2011 Jenna McTavish
Music is being pushed out of our public schools and many children today may never have a chance to spread their musical wings. As parents, we owe it to them to teach music at home if the schools won't do it. I've been perusing ideas at http://singingcenter.com/online-singing-lessons.html for online singing lessons for my daughter so I can help her from home, since the current economy doesn't allow us to afford private lessons.

10/11/2011 Jenna McTavish
Music is being pushed out of our public schools and many children today may never have a chance to spread their musical wings. As parents, we owe it to them to teach music at home if the schools won't do it. I've been perusing ideas at http://singingcenter.com/online-singing-lessons.html for online singing lessons for my daughter so I can help her from home, since the current economy doesn't allow us to afford private lessons.

02/24/2010 Jaza't Marie Rose Townsend
Well my comment is as followed... My band teacher is about to give up on us. We must teach everyone that music is a way to express every living hormone we have in us with out the words and harmful ways. But as we live on in this world we will never move on in a world without music. Without it no one could learn what to do in this world, the death rate would go up instantly! We must continue with our love of music and heath of it. Or have to think of a way to improve it so we can continue on with it forever.

02/24/2010 Jaza't Marie Rose Townsend
Well my comment is as followed... My band teacher is about to give up on us. We must teach everyone that music is a way to express every living hormone we have in us with out the words and harmful ways. But as we live on in this world we will never move on in a world without music. Without it no one could learn what to do in this world, the death rate would go up instantly! We must continue with our love of music and heath of it. Or have to think of a way to improve it so we can continue on with it forever.

Add a comment

Fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

* Name:
Email:
* Comment:
Anti-spam code:





Keywords: news, best, freeware, education, software,

Copyright 2014 Marianne Wartoft AB | Privacy Policy | About This Site | RSS Feed



Search this site
Custom Search

Free Childrens Music for the Classroom
The following article outlines five of the most useful and free resources where you will find free downloadable childrens music and other creative music tools that you can use in the classroom.
Read more...

Like Educational Freeware On Facebook


News And Articles On Educational Software
More News & Articles >


Ebooks And Educational Software


Educational Freeware On Twitter