Reflection Week 5: How Music Can Improve Memory

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“Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow. Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yell. Like the early morning sun when the day has just begun Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.” This was a song that I learned in Kindergarten and still remember today. Music has constantly been a major part of my life. When I saw this article, How Music Can Improve Memory on the website MindShift, I had to read it.Music Even since the beginning of time people have been using music to remember information. As Annie Paul states in her article, when people would pass information from generation to generation they would use music to remember the information. Last semester I took a class called Survey of Music Therapy, and this article emphasized some of the information I learned in that class, and some information I already knew about music. One thing that I learned is that music involves all parts of the brain. Whereas language is normally only processed by one side of the brain, putting music with these words causes both sides of the brain to be used. Even simple songs, such as the one I stated above, help people learn material. Even now when I study for tests I catch myself putting words I need to memorize or information I need to recall into little songs to help me remember. With a minor in music and many different musical experiences in my life, I hope to instill my love of music into my students and hopefully help them remember some information along the way.