Music is an effective teaching tool. Early-childhood music and nursery rhymes not only entertained us but helped us learn our native tongue. As we grew older, we easily memorized the lyrics of our pop-music favorites. It’s only a modest jump to learning an additional language through music. Young children’s brains are primed to decipher the complex patterns of grammar and syntax of languages. Research shows that music assists language development because music and language share mutual cognitive processes. Research also indicates that young children are especially capable of acquiring language and music skills easily and rapidly. Their minds are eager to acquire language and music; in essence, with guidance and assistance, they just do it.

cornerstonesJames Mayr