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ERIC Number: EJ945518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Learning Science Using Music
Smolinski, Keith
Science Scope, v35 n2 p42-45 Oct 2011
For thousands of years, people have used music to transfer information and narrate stories. The musical structure, consisting of words set to melodies in rhythmic patterns, made the content easier to remember. Researchers have investigated the long- and short-term effects of song on memory and found that music aided in the recall of information. The author works with a chorus teacher to create an interdisciplinary unit using music to supplement the science curriculum. This particular subject involved creating lyrics and music to help students learn cellular components vocabulary. Trying to use music in the science classroom could be outside the comfort zone of many teachers; however, it could also add a new dimension to a classroom and excite students about learning. (Contains 2 figures and 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A