The Resonating of Language Acquisition and Music- Part 1

Musica comprimida  -  Compressed Music

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I have often been approached by educators and asked, “Why teach English as a Second Language when you are an excellent music teacher?” Or, “Why teach music when you are an excellent English as a Second Language instructor?” I also often get the comment, “Wow, English as a Second Language and music…that’s an interesting combination. Why do both?”

The answer to these questions has been a career progression. I am not just a music instructor, nor just an ESL teacher. I am an education professional that sees and applies the resonating harmony of language acquisition and music in what I do. What does this mean? The answer is an analytical comparison and integration of both fields to enhance the learning outcome of students regardless of the content area of instruction. It is the merging of disciplines.

I have done research on this subject while working on my master’s degree via online learning with Shenandoah University. I have also studied this subject in my spare time and have applied what I have learned with curriculum development and instruction. I am going to share what I have learned and how the resonating of language acquisition and music can be applied in many facets and instructional areas.

I have much to share, so this will be a blog series. I hope you will be enlightened and inspired. I have one question I would like you to answer until I write “Part 2”. How can phonology, semantics and music interrelate? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment away.


About adaptivelearnin

I am an educational professional who is passionate about needs analysis and materials creation to enhance student learning of all ages. I hope the content I share here will be of value to you in some way. Opinions are my own and are not those of my employer. Join me at my session for the 2013 TESOL International Conference, "ESL Instruction: Developing Your Skills to Become a Master Conductor", March 21 10:00 AM in room C144. My presentation focuses on listening, speaking and pronunciation music teaching techniques incorporated with ESL teaching. This is not your typical music/ESL presentation with chants and songs. Be prepared to use your vocal chords, diaphragm, lungs, mouth muscles, and arms like you have never used before in pronunciation, speaking and language instruction. Learn how to use music conducting skills in the language classroom to better facilitate language acquisition. Learn how to use music performance skills (vocal and instrumental) to better facilitate language learning. Be prepared to laugh and have fun. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.


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