Musica comprimida  -  Compressed Music
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I have often been approached by educators and asked, “Why teach English as a Second Language when you are an excellent music teacher?” Or, “Why teach music when you are an excellent English as a Second Language instructor?” I also often get the comment, “Wow, English as a Second Language and music…that’s an interesting combination. Why do both?”

The answer to these questions has been a career progression. I am not just a music instructor, nor just an ESL teacher. I am an education professional that sees and applies the resonating harmony of language acquisition and music in what I do. What does this mean? The answer is an analytical comparison and integration of both fields to enhance the learning outcome of students regardless of the content area of instruction. It is the merging of disciplines.

I have done research on this subject while working on my master’s degree via online learning with Shenandoah University. I have also studied this subject in my spare time and have applied what I have learned with curriculum development and instruction. I am going to share what I have learned and how the resonating of language acquisition and music can be applied in many facets and instructional areas.

I have much to share, so this will be a blog series. I hope you will be enlightened and inspired. I have one question I would like you to answer until I write “Part 2”. How can phonology, semantics and music interrelate? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment away.

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Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Go to to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.

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