two views on music and language

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two views on music and language

Category : English , language , Languages , learning

As a musician and a language service provider, I found the following two citations very interesting:

http://www.smartbrief.com/09/18/13/musical-rhythm-could-be-linked-language-skills-study-says#.UkH66j-59Ws

“The ability to maintain musical rhythm could be linked to stronger language skills, a study says. Researchers asked 100 teenagers to tap their fingers to a beat and found that those with a history of poor reading skills had more difficulty keeping the beat.”

Ironic that teenagers, who usually are so keen to ‘keep a beat’, may be limited by their reading skills when they try to do so.

On the other hand, here’s a quote from a gentleman considered to be one of the most famous guitarists ever:

“There’s a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.”

Carlos Santana

Music and language: two arts and sciences that should be nurtured and reveled in.


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