Music in 10 languages
What is your favourite type of music? Do you listen to music every day?
Music has been a part of human culture for at least 40, 000 years, based on archaeological remains of instruments and it still remains an important part of many cultures and lives.
Various studies have suggested that listening to music can have both psychological and physiological effects, many of which are beneficial, such as reducing stress and improving your immune response (perfect for this time of year to avoid getting sick!)
For me, music is a trigger for specific memories or times in my life and certain pieces of music can elicit a huge emotional response, from bringing me back to a happy or painful memory, or helping me to calm down when stressed out. Despite the fact that I don’t dance any more, I still find myself wanting to move when I hear music playing!
As a language learner, music is the perfect way to get new words stuck in your head – I can still remember phrases from the French Earworms CD I listened to years ago! I also love using music for language learning. (Try out a few songs in Korean here: Stand Up, Off Road, Let’s Not Fall in Love)
Wen teaching, especially in Early Years, I often used music for classroom management, to signal transitions or practise key vocabulary.
Whatever your relationship with music, be it as a professional or semi-professional musician or dancer, to someone who listens to the radio occasionally, it is hard to imagine our world without the variety of music we have.
I would love your recommendations for any music you think I should here – let me know the name or drop a link below!
Thanks for reading!