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Just Sayin'

Posted on 2013.06.25 at 22:42
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Music is another language.  As with all foreign languages, study of them improves the skills of the students' mother language.  This happens even if the new language breaks the rules of the first language or is very dissimilar.  Music is very different than English.  Yet if a student studies the patterns, rules, etc. to become fluent in another language, they will relate them to their first language and begin to understand the patterns within it, even though they are different.  This is especially true if the student is receiving excellent education in both languages--an excellent English teacher and an excellent Music teacher.  In this way it will increase not only fluency in both "languages" but in any other "language they encounter in the future.  Encountering new rules and patterns will be understood much more quickly.  The more connections the faster and more solid fluency in all languages become.

So why are music teachers being asked to teach English language instead of being excellent at teaching musical language?  A music student who can describe music but cannot perform is a failure in the music curriculum; they have achieved nothing of merit or excellence as a music student.  An excellent education in both--where neither curriculum is compromised by emphasizing one over the other--will reinforce and enhance the teaching of the other unrelated subject.  This is because thinking is what is being taught as well as the language itself...and there are many ways to think.  The more versed you are, the faster and more efficiently you think in general.  Why is this such a difficult concept for parents, administrators, community leaders, and politicians to understand?  It's fairly straight forward.

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