For years parents and their children have argued about music. There is always contention about the lyrics or the nuances. This will most likely continue through the years. There is really no way that parents and their children are going to agree on everything.
Music for Learning
A concept that is starting to make more and more sense is the concept of using music to teach and music to train. The same is true for video as well as music. This is not a new concept to the younger generations, but it may be breaking that age gap soon.
One thing that is true for the brain as well as many other things is that when it is forced it works less efficiently. This makes much of the activity at school mostly inefficient. The only real reason that most children learn is to pass the test and pass the class. This then holds true for the workplace.
Younger children have no problem whatsoever learning using music and video. It is something that begins before the preschool years. As early as age one, children are watching videos filled with music and dancing that teach them about the world around them. Numbers and letters are often taught using these methods, as well as things such as properly crossing the street.
The problem is that once a child reaches a certain age, their taste in music goes beyond the type that is used to teach preschool students. There is a tone or a quality that makes “teaching” music stand out against the rest of the music out there. Like flipping channels and finding a soap opera, there is something that you cannot put your finger on that sets it aside from everything else.
What music does is open up both hemispheres of the brain. This helps makes the brain more receptive to the learning that is taking place. However, as we just stated, there is a difference in the type of music that can actually cause older students to “shut down” their brains the moment they realize that they are learning.
Every solution comes with a host of other issues. One solution is to have music playing in the classroom during class. This is a good solution, as it helps open the brain to learning. The best solution would be using music that the students enjoy. This can be kept low and then the volume increased during study.
The problem is that out of a class of thirty student, there will be 10 different types of music that is desired. One student that is made happy and content by a certain type of music will be turned off by another. How can each and every student be made happy and open their brains to the curriculum?
The solution made be made possible by the technology that is changing the education system. Most schools are close to adopting a system that eliminates books and paper. This will mean that each student will be carrying a small laptop or netbook and be doing their work on them and turning it in through a network connection.
This is a step away from a mass home schooling system that will operate through the Internet and through small computers. Many communities are considering this option and using a several small class areas for the occasional group situation. Teachers and students will communicate through chats and video most of the time.
This can be a great solution for the introduction of music and video to the teaching system. While a more media oriented system starts to take hold, even small changes will start helping. Students learning at home can use the same computer to listen to the music of their choice during their study. Grades can even be rewarded with free music downloads and credits.
A fully immersive system for learning will eventually emerge from technology and the use of integrated media will be one of the highlights. Without even knowing it, the students will be opening themselves to the studies in a greater way than before. This will, of course, be starting in the classroom with highly media intensive studies through computers.
Scenes from science fiction movies of the past thirty years will be coming true very soon. Although things such as virtual reality may not be the choice of schools, there is no doubt that the cloud and smaller and smaller computers will be taking center stage. The future holds limitless possibilities and it is the children of today that will build that tomorrow.
Katelyn Roberts is a video and music blogger who uses online video converter from KoyoteSoft when creating videos and sharing them online. You can convert to mp3 using online video converter from KoyoteSoft too!
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