Linking Music Lyrics to Learning


Many have different tastes and styles about the best music for reading or studying. Melodies like classical or light jazz are occasional suggestions, but there is something about hearing words, lyrics, and turn-of-phrases that teaches the experiences of living and learning. 

I think musical lyrics are often ignored lessons for learning and education.

In fact, I have a couple of questions for you:

First, what’s your favorite song or best lyric, verse, or title?  I mean the kind of song that you can remember without assistance from karaoke or concert.

Next question: Why is it remembered?

For me it depends on the specific lesson that the song brings. This can be the way the singer captures a moment that explains my whole life; or a key verse that teaches me something about society I won’t find in books.

We as listeners learn stories from music and its lyrics.  Stories about singers, situations, and solutions summed up into 3-5 minutes.   I argue these harmonious snapshots consist of our continual ups-and-downs, either personally, socially, or even spiritually. Sort of reminders of thoughts, choices, and actions seen through the mirrors of music.  Certain lyrics speak to us and lead in transforming our thinking, in how we treat others, and in the kind of life we would like to pursue. 

If all of us can agree that music teaches, then why not feature it in classrooms too.  In lectures, conferences, and discussions as well as exams, essays, and other forms of evaluation.  As adults, in addition to crafting a resume for employers, what about building a portfolio of learning music for yourself, linking lyrics to lessons learned that teaches others about who you are and in what ways you  have grown.

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3 responses to “Linking Music Lyrics to Learning

  1. Beautiful…This is Truth! Music is instrumental for the progression of life.

  2. Definitely. The use of music in education is underestimated. I am an ESL teacher living abroad. I, myself, have used music in my lessons, albeit in a limited capacity. However, this past week, my child came home singing a Jennifer Lopez song. I wondered where she had heard it because my daughter doesn’t listen to the radio and we don’t have any JLo CDs. She told me that she had learned the song in her music lesson at school. I am not necessarily a fan of Jennifer Lopez but I am a fan of the ENTHUSIASM I saw in my daughter. Music awakens, inspires and connects. If the teacher selects the music wisely, there is a tremendous amount of learning potential – even outside of the realm of a music lesson. Many musicians have fought for famous causes and left behind stories and quotes that are worth discussing. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Pingback: Does having a passion for song lyrics help improve learning? « goldenyearlearners

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